Capstone hosting school supply giveaway on Friday

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 7/30/17

Capstone Rural Health Center is holding its fourth annual Back2School Supply Drive on Friday, Aug. 4 at Parrish High School.

The event will last from 9 a.m. until noon and be held on the football field at the high school.

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Capstone hosting school supply giveaway on Friday

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Capstone Rural Health Center is holding its fourth annual Back2School Supply Drive on Friday, Aug. 4 at Parrish High School.

The event will last from 9 a.m. until noon and be held on the football field at the high school.

Capstone has partnered with the Gorgas chapter of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) on the supply giveaway and will be giving out 750 backpacks filled with school supplies to local children. This marks the highest number of backpacks they’ve given away since the supply drive began four years ago.

Students from both Jasper City and Walker County schools can take part in the supply giveaway.

Shannon Williamson, outreach and enrollment coordinator at Capstone’s Parrish location, said the backpacks will include a spiral notebook, looseleaf paper, pencils and crayons, among other school supplies, as well as a t-shirt and coupons to Shoe Carnival.

APSO supplied the backpacks and other organizations donated school supplies.

“You have to have your child present in order to get a backpack,” Williamson stressed. “But there’s no charge for anything. ... However, the backpacks are given out on a first come, first served basis.”

There is no pre-registration necessary for the supply giveaway.

In addition to the backpacks, there will also be free food, inflatables, face painting and an Alabama wildlife exhibition featuring animals native to the state.

Williamson said they’ll be doing educational sessions periodically through the event, and kids can learn about the animals, their habitats and what they eat.

Vendors will also be on-hand with information about their organizations, including the Community Action Agency, Positive Maturity and Central Alabama Foodbank, among others.

Williamson said additional school supplies can be collected by visiting the vendor booths.

There is also a grand prize giveaway that will allow one child at the event to take home a Dell laptop.

“When you come in to get a backpack, you have a paper you have to go around and have all the vendors sign,” Williamson said. “Once all the vendors sign it, you can turn it in for your name to be put into the drawing for the laptop.”

Williamson added that Capstone loves putting on the supply giveaway each year.

“It’s just our way of giving back to the community and definitely encouraging education amongst the children in our community because they’re our future leaders,” she explained.

She encouraged anyone who needs school supplies to come take part in the giveaway and said Capstone appreciates all the community help they receive to make the giveaway possible.

Those with questions about the school supply giveaway can contact Williamson at 205-724-9031.