Local back to school rally offers free supplies for students

SALISBURY, Md. – For some parents it’s the most wonderful time of the year. In just a couple of weeks their kids will be heading back to school for another year full of learning and fun. But for other families, this time of year can be a struggle to provide the school supplies their children need to be successful.

“I have three students in school this year and it’s a lot between the paper and the notebooks they constantly need throughout the year,” said one parent, Samantha Butts.

Wicomico County Public School officials tell 47 ABC it’s a problem they see all too often. Families unable to afford pencils, folders, and notebooks. Critical tools that some students end up going without during the school year.

“You could probably spend $50 to $60 throughout the school year just on paper and pens depending on the classes they’re involved with but it adds up after a while,” said Kevin Byrd.

Which is why community leaders in the area were excited to kick off the annual Wicomico County NAACP back to school rally Thursday, making sure kids have everything they need to be successful in school. All at no cost.

“I got notebooks and I got pencils and I got folders and I got crayons,” said one student, Autumn Smith.

Event organizers tell 47 ABC when students don’t’ have the supplies they need, they start the school year off with a major roadblock ahead of them.

“Sometimes schools send out a letter saying they need such and such for students that families can’t pay for and whatever,” said WCNAACP President, Mary Ashanti.

But with the support and love from the community, they’re making sure their future is brighter than ever before.

“Our goal is to do whatever it takes to help children to be successful throughout the year,” Ashanti said.

If you missed Thursday’s back to school rally don’t worry you’ll have plenty of other chances to snag some free school supplies. Ashanti says the WCNAACP will be holding more events like these throughout the rest of August so keep your eyes peeled. Wicomico County Public School officials add that officials will be kicking off their fresh start event later this month that will also be giving out free supplies to nearly 3,000 students.

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