Weather forces change in Back to School Rally

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The annual Back to School Rally needed a backup plan this year. Rainy weather forced organizers to cancel the event slated for Saturday, July 21. Every year, local families attend the outdoor event held at Morgan Memorial Hospital to receive free backpacks full of school supplies before the new school year begins. Since the event was canceled, event organizers are working with each of Morgan County’s four schools to distribute the supplies they collected for Morgan County students.

Velde Hardy, Morgan County Family Connection coordinator, announced this week that needy families will still be able to obtain free school supplies with the help of teachers and school administrators.

“We are happy to announce, you may drop off your school supplies and backpacks at the local schools here in Morgan County and the school staff will distribute to students as they determine to be most appropriate,” said Hardy. “ In addition, thanks to our generous Collaborative and Community partners, Morgan County Family Connection will also be delivering 85 backpacks to the schools for distribution as well.”

The rainstorm could not wash away the Back to School Rally’s purpose.

“We want students to be healthy and have the supplies they need,” said Hardy. “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 Medical Center in 2008.  Family Connection and Morgan Medical Center will continue to work together in coming years to host the Back to School Rally and Health Fair.

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