Back to school, backpack rally set for July 21

Whit Carpenter Community

The Morgan County Family Connection is hosting a backpack drive for disadvantaged families leading up to the annual back to school rally.

“Our goal is that every student that comes to the rally will receive a backpack,” said Velde Hardy, a coordinator at Family Connection. “We want students to be healthy and have the supplies they need.”

Morgan County Family Connection is a partnership of over 15 local organizations that researches and addresses the needs of children and families in the county, according to its website.

“We’ve been doing this close to 15 years,” Hardy said of the rally. “Each year continues to grow and demonstrate the need.”

According to Hardy, between 400 and 500 students attend the back to school rally each year. Family Connection began the event in 2002, and as attendance grew, it partnered with Morgan Memorial Hospital in 2008.

But it is not just about providing supplies for students, said Hardy. “It’s about educating families and parents about what resources are available.”

The Madison Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Fire Rescue and local church groups will be there to support families.

“It’s also a rally so the marching band and cheerleaders will be there,” Hardy said. “And it’s open to everyone. Anyone can come.”

The rally will be hosted on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the front lawn of the Morgan Memorial Hospital.

If you would like to donate backpacks, you can drop them off at the Department of Juvenile Justice or the Morgan County Public Library. Additionally, you can donate by writing a check addressed to the Morgan County Board of Education and mailing it to 1140 Monticello Rd Suite 200C in Madison. Contact Velde Hardy at 706-438-1515 for questions and additional information.

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