Hundreds of Families Helped by Family Fun Fest

Heather Farley and familyKaren Whitehouse from Anderson Humane SocietyMonica Miller and Lasaundra Cobb from Anderson Community Education CenterSherry Noon from Anderson Public LibraryJanice Meredith from ECCMark Willard from Walmart

Hundreds of families attended the 16th annual Family Fun Fest this past Thursday to help them kick start the upcoming school year.

The program, which is sponsored by the Anderson County Family Resource and Youth Service Centers, brings together dozens of local organizations at the Anderson County Middle School to distribute free school supplies to help families.  They also distribute over 800 backpacks each year as well as information for the school year and more.

Heather Farley, who has a family with three children, is extremely appreciative of the program.  “It helps us tremendously,” she said as she explained that it helps them save for the rest of the needed school supplies.  “It’s so amazing they do this for the community.”

Attending this year’s program were a variety of organizations including the Anderson Public Library, Anderson Community Education Center, Walmart, Anderson Humane Society, and many more.  They gave away a variety of items like folders, pencils, books, and more.

School officials were also present, helping parents and students prepare.  Janice Meredith, principal of Sparrow Early Childhood Center, explained that they were giving out supplies and information to help parents as well as reading guides for children.

Mark Willard, assistant manager at the Lawrenceburg Walmart, explained that a number of Walmart employees were present to help distribute the hundreds of backpacks.  According to Mark, their participation will help them qualify for a grant through Walmart.

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