High Five for School Supplies event celebrates eighth year

by | August 10, 2018 9:17 am

By Hansel Moore

Aug. 2 was a busy day in Van Buren. While a lot of folks had their eyes on the election, little ones had their eyes on the upcoming school year, more specifically the multitude of colorful supplies that lay before them.

The fair building was the temporary warehouse for backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, papers, glue, folders, scissors, and just about anything that a young mind would need to be successful this year in school.

This is the eighth year the school supply distribution has occurred, and, per the event coordinator, Kelly Lewis, “It seems to keep getting bigger each year.”

According to the official sign-in, there were over 150 students who took part in the event.

As the musical sounds of the ‘80s filled the air, accompanied by the smell of fresh popcorn, volunteers from different organizations were at the ready to help youngsters with their choices. By the time they reached the end of the line, their bags were bursting at the seams. It was there they were greeted by representatives from Van Buren County Health Department who gave each person the opportunity to spin the wheel of knowledge about healthy choices. All contestants were winners and walked away with an additional prize for the day.

This “High Five” event was one of the examples of a community coming together to provide for their neighbors. The success is attributed to the number of volunteers who participated, as well as the organizations and businesses who donated supplies to the cause.

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