Tawanna Dorsey, left, with the Unique Jewelz Social Club, and Terry Brown, right, with Crime Stoppers, help hand out school supplies Saturday at the Back to School Bash. (Frank Bumb | Index-Journal)
Edith Childs was part supply clerk, part drill sergeant (try keeping several hundred children in their seats for an entire hour), all motivator when it came to Saturday's Back to School Bash.
The packed Brewer Middle School auditorium was not Childs' first choice for the community event that gives free supplies, haircuts, clothes and other items to schoolchildren, along with free food for their parents. Inclement weather forced the change of venue from Magnolia Park.
But the dreary weather conditions could not put a damper on Childs' enthusiasm."We have 767 bags of supplies and enough food for that many and more," Childs said with a smile.
Each of those bags contained a plethora of school supplies. Pens, pencils, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, erasers, glue sticks, folders and much more; all designed to give students the best possible start to their school year.
The annual Back to School Bash has been going on for "20 years or so," Childs said.
"We started with 50 kids at our first," Childs said. "Now we're up to 700-plus."
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