COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Representative Kambrell Garvin of District 77 of Richland House hosted the first annual Back to School Show in Columbia on Sunday afternoon which provided free school supplies, food, drinks and games to Richland County students and their families.
More than 60,000 students in K-12 programs in Richland County are returning to class in two short weeks.
The law firm of Garvin, McGowan, Hood & Felder collected school bags filled with school supplies to distribute to more than 200 Richland County students who attended the event.
“I have two notebooks, one blue and one red, two pencils, two pens, then a pack of pencils,” said a second-grader. “I have a backpack with Paw Patrol on it!” said a rising freshman.
Garvin says the event is a way for community leaders to bring people together safely and to thank parents, teachers and students for all they’ve been through during the pandemic.
“You’d be surprised how many families don’t have access to something as simple as a pencil or a notebook for their kids,” Garvin said.
Parents have expressed nervousness about the school year, particularly regarding the now-dominant Delta variant, but students are excited to see their friends and learn face-to-face, Garvin says.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm in many of our children. Some are nervous about having to go back to the building, but most of the time they are really happy to see their friends again and see their teachers.
Garvin and his law firm say they are excited about today’s participation and want to encourage students, teachers and parents to embark on full-time, face-to-face learning this school year.
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