By NATHAN HOWELL | Personal editor
HELEN – Although it is the middle of summer, the children are soon preparing to return to school for another year. With this comes stress for parents who have to provide a wide range of supplies for their children.
The Cornell Lewis Foundation is hosting its “6th Annual Back 2 School Gathering” on August 1 at the Helena Sports Complex, to help address this issue by connecting a number of needy students with multiple bags of school supplies, as long as they last.
Founder Aaron Lewis said he started the event six years ago to give back to the Shelby County community he grew up in.
“This time of year is a great time to start preparing students with supplies and other things,” Lewis said. “They get a head start that way, and it helps take some of the financial pressure off parents. There are children who have a real need and helping them is very important to me.
The foundation plans to distribute basic supplies that anyone might need, including paper, pens, pens, notebooks and other items. Lewis said he divided the supplies into three categories: elementary, middle, high and middle school students.
Items will be prepackaged and delivered to guests at the event.
Lewis also said he wanted to give the event a military theme, so there will be people walking around in military gear.
“I hope this gives kids and parents something to look forward to,” Lewis said. “This is a safe, family-friendly event that we would like everyone to come and enjoy.”
The event will run from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in the community who needs support, according to Cornell Lewis Foundation founder Aaron Lewis. Lewis said he is seeking donations and contributions to help to make the event a success.
Those interested can contact him at Cornellewisfoundation@gmail.com. More information about the event can be found on the Cornell Lewis Foundation Facebook page.