Three events geared toward helping parents get children ready for school will be held today in Columbia County.
The following weekend, a community-wide back to school festival will take place in Richmond County.
The 11th annual Back-to-School Festival in Columbia County is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Evans Middle School on Hereford Farm Road.
Sponsored by University Health Care System and the Columbia County school system, the festival features more than 30 booths supplying information on three-point screenings and immunization requirements; drug, alcohol and safety awareness tips; college education planning; school calendars; and bus schedules.
“It’s just sort of an informational place for the parents to go, and a way for kids to get excited about the school year coming,” said Amy Johnson, community relations specialist at University Health Care.
Special performances and demonstrations, including a visit from bus safety robot Buster, will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Also at the festival, parents can learn how to register their children for dance classes, sports and other recreational programs, and counseling and tutoring services.
Also on Saturday, Christ Family Life Center and Grovetown Parks and Recreation will hold the fourth annual Back-2-School Explosion at Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown.
The event will offer free food, music, games and prizes from noon until 4 p.m.
Pupils and their parents can pick up free school supply packets.
School buses will be parked at Walmart locations in Martinez on Bobby Jones Expressway, in Evans on Washington Road and in Grovetown on Horizon South Parkway for United Way of the CSRA’s Stuff the Bus event.
From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., volunteers will be collecting school supplies, such as pencils, papers, folders, calculators and backpacks, or monetary donations for students in need. The same donation drive will also take place at the Walmart location on Deans Bridge Road from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Then, on Aug. 7, a communitywide PTA and Back to School Festival for Richmond County will occur from 1-4 p.m. at Glenn Hills Middle School.
The event, being offered by the Richmond County Board of Education, 96.3 Kiss FM, Power 107, and the Council of PTAs, will offer parents information on PTA efforts and other resources on child safety, school safety, student achievement, health and wellness, nutrition and testing.
Walmart also will be giving away free school supplies while they last, and free ice cream and haircuts for boys will be offered. For more information, call (706) 721-1040.