By Tia Lynn Ivey
Every Year, the Morgan County Family Connection and Morgan Medical Center orchestrates the Back to School rally to equip families with the supplies and information they need for the upcoming school year.
“ We are in the process of planning for the 2020 Back to School Rally. As you know this is your collaborative’s annual summer event which brings together ALL sectors of the community to help the children in our county be prepared to start the school year successfully,” said Velde Hardy, a director of Morgan County Family Connection.
Usually, the event is an outdoor festival with tables set up to distribute backpacks full of school supplies and health information to attending families. But this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Back to School Rally will operate differently.
“It’s going to be a drive-thru event,” said Velde Hardy, director of the Morgan County Family Connection.
This year’s event will be Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Morgan County High School where volunteers will distribute 500 backpacks to families in need.
“ This will be a “drive-thru” event where families will stay in their cars as community partners distribute supplies and/or important organizational information and resources,” said Hardy.
“Logistics and layout are still being finalized and will be shared as soon as they are final.”
Hardy is grateful to this year’s sponsors to make the annual Back to School Rally happen in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
“Thanks to our 2020 sponsors – Amerigroup, CareSource and Ferst Readers of Morgan County,” said Hardy. “We were able to secure over 500 backpacks to distribute at this year’s event. If you or your organization wish to donate supplies or have supplies/resources you want placed inside the backpacks , we are seeking volunteers to help stuff the backpacks on Friday July 24 at the Morgan County Freshman Academy. Please join us there! Time to be announced.”
As more details come available for this annual event for school children and their families, the Morgan County Citizen will update this story.