WINNSBORO — Three days of hard work and 20 years of dedicated service will culminate Aug. 11 when Zion Hill Prevention Save The Kids holds the 20th Back to School Bash at Fortune Springs Park.
“This will be our 20th Back to School Bash,” said Edwanda Armstrong, daughter of the late Tillie Armstrong, Zion Hill Prevention founder, who continues her mother’s community-oriented endeavors.
Armstrong said reaching two decades of service feels monumental.
“We feel like we’ve reached a milestone,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said she is hopeful, in honor of the milestone, the Back to School Bash will help a personal record number of students. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Last year, we did close to 1,000 kids,” Armstrong said. “If we can get enough donations to help 1,000 kids, it’ll be fantastic.”
The school supplies dispersed at the Back to School Bash were collected during a three-day Stuff the Bus campaign.
Zion Hill Prevention Save the Kids volunteers filled a school bus with school supplies and solicited donations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We’ll be here until 5,” Armstrong said.
Tasha Johnston, who celebrated her birthday Friday by wearing a red gleaming tiara, said she was more than happy to spend her birthday helping to collect school supplies for children in need.
“I definitely love the cause,” Johnston said. “It’s a great, great cause.”
Armstrong and Johnston said Walmart shoppers and the community have been overwhelmingly supportive.
“Everyone is very giving and thoughtful of the community,” Johnston said.
Armstrong noted Winnsboro Town Council donated $450 to the back to school efforts, and said despite a glum Friday morning, people were receptive to the cause.
“It’s been coming along good,” Armstrong said. “We’ll be here till Monday.”
Armstrong said Tuesday’s Back to School Bash will be filled with fun festivities, including music, guest speakers and a special guest.
“I’ve got a surprise guest coming, but I’m not putting their name out there yet,” Armstrong said.
For more information about Zion Hill Prevention Save the Kids call 803-635-4575.
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