With students going back to school soon, Clinton families will have two opportunities to receive free back-to-school supplies.
The Cellular Connection, 1663 Lincoln Way, Suite GC, will donate between 75 and 300 backpacks of school supplies Saturday as part of the Verizon Premium Wireless retailer’s nationwide School Rocks Backpack giveaway.
More than 350 TCC stores are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. to receive a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more. The company donated 60,000 backpacks last year and will donate 100,000 this year. Any extra backpacks will be donated to local schools.
“The backpack giveaway is a huge part of TCC’s ‘Culture of Good’ movement that’s all about making a positive impact on employees while benefiting the world,” Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC, said. “It’s how our company gives back to every community where we do business, and it involves every employee at every level. We’re honored to have the ability to give back to those who need it.”
Clinton residents have been helping to give back since March, when store customers were able to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar, with the difference going toward the School Rocks Backpack giveaway.
More school supplies will be distributed Aug. 9 as the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center will hold the annual Youth for a Safe Non-Violent Drug Free event. The annual festival will include supplies for between 300 to 400 children, as well as a variety of games and crafts.
This event was first started 21 years ago by Vinson H. Jetter. For the past eight years, since his death, Dina White has worked on the event that her brother started.
“Our youth deserve to receive the best education possible with us assisting them with free school supplies,” White said. “If they don’t have to worry about if they will get their school supplies, then they can get their education.”
For the first time, members of the community have had the opportunity to donate school supplies for the event, putting items in drop-off boxes at Head Shed, U.S. Bank, Wagner Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Chiropractic Works, Premier Furniture, Dairy Queen, Pizza Ranch and Sherwin Williams. White does not know how many items they have received yet. On top of those donated, the community center will spend between $1,200 and $1,500 of its funds for additional items.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at Clinton Park, near Central Fire Station. Those attending will have a chance to make crafts, get their faces painted, interact with Bubba the Clown, play games and compete in a hula-hoop contest. A three-on-three basketball tournament and slum dunk event, as well as basketball training, will be held.
This year, the community center will present scholarships to volunteers who have been a part of the event. This year’s recipients are Delante Chamberlin and Monique Harris.