Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation hosted Family Fun Day and a back-to-school book bag giveaway at the Hargraves Community Center on Aug. 19.
Families in the community with children in grades K-12 received free book bags, school supplies and other back-to-school essentials like socks. Classes start for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools students on Aug. 28.
At the event, families also learned about personalized tutoring and various extracurricular programs provided by CHCCS.
Anissa McLendon, who sat on the event's planning committee, said events like this are a great help for families who may be struggling to start the school year strong.
“You don’t want the school year to be a hindrance to kids,” she said. “If we can help them out and get them through the first four or five months of school, that takes the burden off of families who are trying to figure out where their next meal is coming from.”
Leslie Davis attended the event and said she and her husband, UNC head basketball coach Hubert Davis, were happy to participate and help low-income families in the community.
“So many people in Chapel Hill see our championships and they see our wealth and they see the advancements of our University,” she said. “They don’t realize that we have quite a lot of members of our community living below the poverty line who are low-income and really struggle to make ends meet.”
Families also enjoyed food, vendors and community organizations set up outside the community center as a part of Family Fun Day.
One organization that participated in the festivities was the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which served snow cones and popcorn.