ATHENS, Alabama (WHNT) — Organizers of the first “Back 2 School Career Day” say such an event will help build the Athens-Limestone community where it’s needed most and set the tone for the rest of the school year. The event took place at Athens Fitness Park on Saturday.
“With the pandemic and all that, and prices, inflation hits. So people just don’t have the funds to buy [many school supplies]said co-organizer Lucita Jones of the Limestone County NAACP Labor and Industry Committee.
Jones said local businesses and city departments also participated to drop off items at Saturday’s event, which was also promoted by Limestone County Schools, which provided a school bus to advertise. .
“We’re hoping to form a relationship and let the community know that we’re here for them and we’re going to be there,” Jones said. “We’re not going anywhere. And we form relationships with all parties within the community.
An integral resource, Jones said, is the Athens-Limestone County Public Library, which donated books and registration forms for its free year-long programs.
“As prices continue to rise and families feel a pinch, this is just a wonderful opportunity to be able to go to the library where you can least cut expenses,” said ALCPL Libraries Director , Jen Baxter, to News 19. “We have computers, we have printing, we have WiFi, we have faxing. So any kind of cost savings that families can have right now is beneficial.
The event is also an opportunity to raise awareness for other causes such as the NAACP’s voter registration initiative and local law enforcement.
“Anytime you can be around children, it’s positive,” Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said. “TO [get] the positive interaction with law enforcement in the community is also positive. I know almost everyone here, and it’s really great to get out there and get to know people and be able to talk to people.
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