Back to school rally in Prince George
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Aug 23, 2013, 13:17
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Free hot dogs were dished out during the back-to-school event at Scott Memorial Park in Prince George on Thursday.
PRINCE GEORGE — On Thursday, a line of hundreds of sweating parents and children curved through Scott Memorial Park waiting for a bag loaded with free school supplies for the upcoming school year as the summer break winds to an end.
It was Prince George’s second annual Back to School Fair, an event put together by the social services department that unites the community through charitable donations, live music, free food and the presence of many local organizations.
The fair is kind of a “last hoorah” for the area before school starts, said Shel Douglas, director of social services, who helped organize the event.
After an hour into the event, Douglas estimated that attendance was already higher than last year’s approximate 650, and that 75 percent of the stock of school supplies had already been given away to kids.
“I do not think we will have a surplus,” Douglas said.
Hundreds of parents and children waited in line for new school supplies.
Depending on grade level, kids were given a bag pre-filled with a variety of different school supplies after proving they were a student of a Prince George County public school. Younger students were given more things like glue sticks and crayons, whereas secondary school students received more notebooks and dividers and relevant supplies to their grade level.
“We certainly don’t have everything a child will need, but it’s a start,” Douglas said.
Local first responders showed up and let kids see the insides of their vehicles.