Kershaw County School youngsters were sent back to school with their backpacks filled this year, thanks to the generosity of Wal-mart and area shoppers.
Customers in Camden donated more than 1,600 classroom supplies to schools in the community last month as part of the district’s third Stuff a Buss promotion. Wal-mart matched those contributions with gift cards to the 10 schools with the highest donations per pupil.
“This continues to be a highlight of our community outreach,” Camden Walmart manager Joe Quinlan said. “It’s exciting to have the school staff in the store, helping parents know what to expect for the new school year as well as thanking customers for their assistance with providing supplies for students who need them.”
Baron DeKalb Elementary received $1,000, Bethune Elementary received $900, and Leslie M. Stover Middle, $800.
“Folks know that it’s back to school time when the yellow school bus is in front of Walmart,” Kershaw County School District superintendent, Frank Morgan, said. “We’ve made this a part of our summer ritual and greatly appreciate the Walmart staff and customers who make this possible. It’s a partnership that truly benefits our students.”
Helping families heal
Efforts to curb family collapse resulting from addiction recently got a boost when BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina donated $15,000 to the Healing Families Foundation.
The foundation will use the money to start a Recovery Scholarship Fund.
“Addiction affects people in all walks of life and does not discriminate,” Healing Families board chair Ashley Hunter said. “Thanks to resources like this scholarship fund, we are able to admit anyone in need of services.”
The Healing Families Foundation works to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children. The foundation raises support for prevention and treatment programs at LRADAC, which offers a range of prevention, intervention and treatment programs for Lexington and Richland county residents.
“The Healing Families Foundation is proud to support programs at LRADAC that help individuals and their families overcome addiction each day,” Hunter said.
Hole in one for children
Frankie’s Fun Park recently donated $5,000 to the Epworth’s Children’s Home.
The gift was made with proceeds from the park’s recent month-long Open Mini Golf Tournament, which concluded Aug. 23.
“We are thrilled with the large number of participants in our first Frankie’s Open Mini Golf Tournament and are very pleased to donate all of the greens fees from the tournament to the Epworth Children’s Home,” said Frankie’s Fun Park co-owner, Doug Godley.
Since 1896, Columbia’s Epworth Children’s Home has provided group residential care, counseling and related services for children and youth from across the state at its Millwood Avenue address.
“All of us at the Epworth Children’s Home sincerely thank Mr. Godley and everyone at Frankie’s for their generous donation and appreciate their continued support,” said Epworth’s Mitzie Schafer.
Started in 1990, Frankie’s Fun Park operates four family entertainment centers in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston and Raleigh.