August 16, 2014
Hundreds of Charlottesville and Albemarle County students now have school supplies thanks to volunteers at this year’s Back to School Bash.
Students and their parents filled the pavilion on the Downtown Mall, eager to pick up their new supplies.
There were pencils, markers, notebooks and more in kits dedicated to different grade levels, as well as tables set up to check in with different schools in the area.
This is the fourth year that the African American Pastor's Council sponsored the event, along with Charlottesville City Schools, Albemarle County Public Schools and several other organizations in the community.
Their goal is to make sure every child has what they need for the school year.
“I believe education is the one thing that will put everybody on the same plane and the same level,” says Dr. Alvin Edwards, pastor of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. “So I believe if you are going to be successful in the future, you need a good education.”
“I don't want kids going to school without,” says Edwards. “As I tell the people at my church at Mt. Zion, if a kid needs clothes we are going to take them shopping.”
This year they passed out 1,500 school kits and will give out 1,500 backpacks to different schools in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
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