Book bags, supplies given out to Clinton County families


Book bags, supplies given out

News Journal



A stone border at Xidas Park makes for good display space. Xidas Park is located at the corner of South South (U.S. 68) and Sugartree Streets in downtown Wilmington.

A stone border at Xidas Park makes for good display space. Xidas Park is located at the corner of South South (U.S. 68) and Sugartree Streets in downtown Wilmington.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

There was a good turnout Saturday, Aug. 22 for a second weekend of free book bags and school supplies at Xidas Park in downtown Wilmington.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The boy in the foreground checks out a book bag, while a young girl nearby appears to have picked one out that she would like to have for the new school year.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

WILMINGTON — Jared Holmes says the free book bag and school supplies activity held the past two weekends at Xidas Park turned out to be “a little overwhelming” in scope.

“It blew up [in size]; we had no idea,” said Holmes.

He noted it had started with 25 book bags, and ended up with more than 300 book bags getting distributed, as well as lots of school supplies for students in a range of grade levels.

A variety of book bags with diverse designs and colors had been selected to appeal to both girls and boys. Some contributors even donated book bags they filled with school supplies, and labeled the bags for a suitable recipient, say “second-grade girls”.

There were also a lot of monetary donations so that organizers could purchase book bags and supplies, said Holmes, who was pleasantly surprised by the amount of money donated.

“It was just amazing how it all happened,” he remarked.

Organizers plan on doing it again next year, though they may change the event location.

Families and children from any of the school districts in Clinton County were eligible for the school-related materials.

The News Journal was one of the collection sites for the items, with donors having the items shipped to the office which helped streamline the roundup process.

A stone border at Xidas Park makes for good display space. Xidas Park is located at the corner of South South (U.S. 68) and Sugartree Streets in downtown Wilmington.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/web1_horiz_p.jpgA stone border at Xidas Park makes for good display space. Xidas Park is located at the corner of South South (U.S. 68) and Sugartree Streets in downtown Wilmington. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

There was a good turnout Saturday, Aug. 22 for a second weekend of free book bags and school supplies at Xidas Park in downtown Wilmington.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/web1_horiz_2_p.jpgThere was a good turnout Saturday, Aug. 22 for a second weekend of free book bags and school supplies at Xidas Park in downtown Wilmington. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The boy in the foreground checks out a book bag, while a young girl nearby appears to have picked one out that she would like to have for the new school year.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/web1_vert_p.jpgThe boy in the foreground checks out a book bag, while a young girl nearby appears to have picked one out that she would like to have for the new school year. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal
Book bags, supplies given out

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