WINNSBORO — Lil’ Wood Foundation supplied back to school excitement and back to school supplies for dozens of young students at its fourth annual Back to School Bash at Fortune Spring Park.
Dozens of bags of school supplies were given away, while more substantial items such as books, backpacks and back to school hair cuts were raffled off.
“This is my fourth year doing this,” said Cheryl Weldon, Lil Wood Foundation founder.
Weldon said the school supplies were collected through donations from multiple people. She added that the disbursement of the school supplies encourages children to be excited for the approaching school year.
“We’ve got some school supplies,” Weldon said. “It’s about getting that right mindset, getting them excited.”
Weldon said it also eliminates stress or embarrassment possibly caused by lacking school supplies.
“Kids don’t need to be stressed,” Weldon said.
Barbara White, whose children Elijah, 5; Anderson, 8; Jameria, 7; and Jamara, 7, received school supplies, said it felt good to see the children receive school supplies. White said the kids were already eager for school to start.
“It’s good, it’s all they’ve been talking about,” White said.
However, White said she believes the Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science students are more excited than ever for the start of school because of the donated supplies.
Chase Douglas, 7, whose favorite subject is math, said he was happy to have school supplies.
Weldon said she was pleased Sunday’s Lil Wood Foundation Back to School Bash could show support for members of the community.
“It lets people know there’s always someone out here to help,” Weldon said. “It shows there’s no such thing as not being able to get school supplies for your kids — someone is always willing to help.”
Weldon said it is fulfilling for the foundation, which was named for her late son, to help children.
“It’s just something I enjoy doing for other people’s children, because my child was cut short,” Weldon said.
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