Pencils, paper, and books — oh my! Sponsors set to provide students with the necessary supplies for going back to school are prepping for the big event hosted annually in Fuqua Park.
Fiesta in Fuqua and those backing the event will hand out free school supplies in bags while supplies last to students from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Hosted by Connection Church in Duncan, Fiesta in Fuqua seeks to help community kids get ready for school with free school supplies, haircuts and more.
According to Jeannie Bowden, who helps with the event, the foundational purpose of this event is to promote health and wellness, and the games are the motivation. The secondary purpose of the event is the free school supplies.
All Duncan students, accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult, are invited to attend this free event. Patrons can enter from the north entrance to the park on Beech.
Volunteers will have masks on and families are encouraged to practice physical distancing when getting supplies.
Several different community organizations will offer touchless games which will reinforce an active lifestyle for students to take part in.
After participating in the games, students may obtain the free school supplies. The schools supplies with be first come, first serve, while supplies last.
According to Bowden, school supplies have already been purchased by Connection Church Duncan and they will assemble the grade-level supplies at 6 p.m. Monday in preparation for Saturday.
The school supplies are possible because of the partnership with World Vision and generous local donations.
Mary Brancich, Executive Director of the Duncan Area Literacy Council (DLAC), said her organization will participate in the event by giving away free books. The DALC will hand out free books with many thanks to the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation, with some of the books coming from Books by the Bushel, Scholastic Books and a variety of readers.
With books spread out and organized by grade, this will allow kiddos to find and pick out books safely.
Brancich said hand sanitizing stations will be accessible to children before handling books and volunteers will also wear their masks.
“They will be instructed just to pick up the book they want to keep,” Brancich said. “There will be a certain number that will go to that area to pick out a book.”
Books provided will be accessible from Pre-K to high school level.
“We want the (community) to come pick out a book that they can keep forever,” Brancich said. “We’re happy to do that.”
Hair cuts will also be available during the event. It is recommended that if students come for a free haircut, their hair has been shampooed and brushed. Cosmetologist and barber spots are still available.
Community partnerships for the event include World Vision, Pathways to Healthy Living, Duncan Public Schools Transportation, The Safe Center, United Way of Stephens County, Advanced Medical Supply, Duncan Literacy Council, Duncan Family Eye Care, Farmers Insurance, Stephens County Worship Center, Catalyst Nutrition, Hair by Candice Humphrey, Bree Lepien with 24K Salon & Lash Studio, BJ Harvey and others. Connection Church Duncan will fundraise for the last $1,200 needed. Monetary donations can be made to Connection Church Duncan for school supplies.
If any community organization or business wants to set up a game or a cosmetologist or barber is interested in providing free haircuts, they can contact Bowden at 580-656-0530.
For more information about Fiesta in Fuqua or to be a vendor, contact Bowden at 580-656-0530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.