Very Large Crowds at Family Fun Fest

Stacey Newton, Barbara Basham, and Beckey JohnsonBackpack giveawaysRhonda Wheeler from BCTCNathan and Sarah Mowery from Faith Bible Baptist ChurchMore Backpack GiveawaysJacque Zeller and Monica Miller from Anderson Community EducationAnderson County ASAPSherry Diaz from Backup BullyMeredith Lewis from Lawrenceburg Academy of Performing Arts and Fire Chief Bobby HumePangemanan ChiropracticKiwanis ClubAnderson Humane Society

Last night was the 15th Annual Family Fun Fest at the Anderson County Middle School and tremendous crowds turned out for all the great giveaways.  Dozens of different organizations and businesses were also present, stocked with a variety of school supplies

Beckey Johnson, ACMS Youth Service Center Director, explained that the program helps parents kick start their back to school lists by creating a single day where many in the community can come together to help by giving away school supplies while promoting their business or service.  Barbara Basham, who works at both Sparrow Early Childhood Center and Saffell Street Elementary, explained that they originally started out with just backpacks and school supplies which was partly paid for by grant money.

The day kept growing and now, according to Stacey Newton from Emma B Ward and Robert B Turner Elementary Schools, they gave away 900 backpacks in coordination with Walmart. “We’re very blessed to live in the community that we live in,” Stacey said.

A number of other learning services in the county were present to tell parents and students about different learning opportunities.  Children’s Librarian, Sherry Noon, from Anderson Public Library was there giving away books, stencils, and more.  Rhonda Wheeler from Bluegrass Community and Technical College was giving away pencils and talking about requirements needed for going to college.  Jacque Zeller from the Anderson County Adult Learning Center was also there. “We’re excited because it’s an opportunity for our community to all come together and to serve our students in the schools with their supplies,” she said.

Other organizations were there including representatives from the Backup Bully Program and the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.  The Backup Bully Program, according to Sherry Diaz, was there promoting positive thinking and working to make sure students are self empowered to stamp out bullying.  AC-ASAP was promoting their Anderson County Eats Together program which is meant to help reduce drug abuse by challenging families to eat together.  “When families spend more time together without cell phones and everything, everyone is happy and healthier,” Sherry Hahn said.

Local businesses, churches, and even the Anderson Humane Society were present to give away supplies.  Meredith Lewis from the Lawrenceburg Academy of Performing Arts was showcasing all the new services  related to the arts that she is bringing to Lawrenceburg.  Nathan and Sarah Mowery from the new Faith Bible Baptist Church were also there passing out pencils, erasers, and candy.  “We’re sure glad we’re here,” Nathan said.

Dozens of others were there, including the newly formed Kiwanis Club, Pangemanan Chiropractic, Farmers Bank and more.  The volume of giveaways was incredible this year.

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  1. Thank you Downtown Lawrenceburg for your continued support for events going on in Anderson County. Your family is a great blessing to our citizens and community.☀️

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