Students benefit from new backpack program

Layla Nelson, a 7-year-old preparing to enter 2nd-grade at Stone Elementary School, shows off her new backpack at the Backpack Boosters event Saturday.

Things were hopping at the Jerry J. Fairley Sports Complex Saturday morning as the Stone County Backpack Boosters made sure youths would be prepared for the upcoming school year.

Sponsored by District 2 Supervisor Daniel Harris, the third annual event was the biggest yet, with 250 youths from kindergarten through 12th-grade receiving backpacks filled with school supplies.

In addition, hot dogs and hamburgers were served while volunteers enjoyed ribs and brisket later in the day.

“We’re just giving back to the community,” Harris said. “I know we have a lot of single parents, especially single moms, who struggle to make ends meet and I was one of those kids that had to do without, so I just want to give back.”

One could see the pride in the faces of many of the youth as they hoisted their new backpacks and began looking forward to the beginning of a new school year next week.

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