By Sidhartha Wakade
The Morgan County Family Connection Collaborative (MCFCC) distributed backpacks from their second annual backpack drive during the Back to School Rally last Saturday.
According to Velde Hardy, coordinator for the MCFCC, this year’s turnout for the rally was a success. About a 400 kids showed up with their families, she said. The backpack drive resulted in over 400 backpacks being given out at the rally, Hardy Explained.
“It went really well,” Hardy said. “We had 42 exhibitors that came out to share resources and give out school supplies.”
Overall, the entire event was a great time, Hardy said. The rally kicked off with a performance from the Morgan County High School Band and a pep rally from the cheerleaders, she said.
There were other festivities as well, such as balloon twisters and face painting, Hardy said.
This was also the first time the rally was held indoors as a way to beat the heat and avoid bad weather, Hardy explained.
“Last year we had to cancel at the last minute because of a big summer storm that rolled in,” she said. “Based on our planning team, we are having it indoors again,” she said of future rallies.
Festivities aside, the main goal of the event, however, was getting kids their school supplies, which went very well, Hardy said.
“One of the most exciting things for me, was to see… every child that came through got backpack and was able to go around and fill up their backpacks with school supplies,” she said. “That’s really heartwarming for me. It made it all worth it.”