Rotary gives kids a back-to-school boost

Stuart Rotary Club, assisted by a host of community partners, sponsored a “Back-to-School Day of Sharing” Saturday at the Rotary Memorial Building, giving selected elementary school students and their families a positive kick-off event before school starts in August.
Stuart Rotarians collaborated with various service organizations and businesses promoting the “unique caring qualities of our community,” according to a news release.
The Patrick County school system identified 146 children in pre-K through seventh grade as being in need of assistance with school supplies and weekend nutritional needs.
The club supplied backpacks containing items that school personnel identified as needed for the beginning of school..
The kids enjoyed fun activities including a bouncy house, a puppet show, haircuts, a photo booth, games, and a visit with animals from Infinity Acres Ranch in Ridgeway.
The parents had access to a resource fair of local organizations such as churches, local fire and rescue departments, the sheriff’s office, health department, Patrick County Community Food Bank, and others.
Lunch was served to the students and their families, and all activities were free.

Deputy Matt Rorrer posed at the Back-to-School event with an alpaca and a llama from Infinity Acres in Ridgeway. (Photo by Debbie Spencer)
Deputy Matt Rorrer posed at the Back-to-School event with an alpaca and a llama from Infinity Acres in Ridgeway. (Photo by Debbie Spencer)
A puppet show with many characters was presented to the kids who attended the special event. (Photo by Debbie Spencer)
A puppet show with many characters was presented to the kids who attended the special event. (Photo by Debbie Spencer)
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