Area residents will have an opportunity to help out under-privileged children who will soon be back in school.
On Aug. 19 the Mount Airy Rotary Club will partner with D&E Productions to hold the second-annual Back-To-School Jam at Veterans Memorial Park.
Lenise Lynch, a past president of Rotary, said that though D&E held the event last year, this year will be the first time the club has been a part of the effort.
Lynch said the event, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will include free games, entertainment and food. Most importantly, backpacks filled with school supplies and food will be passed out to children in need.
D&E will provide the backpacks filled with school supplies, and Lynch said the ones filled with food will come from Rotary. Though it marks the first year Rotarians will take part in the Back-To-School Jam, the members of the club have worked to combat hunger in the community for quite some time.
“We have helped out with the Mount Airy Schools’ backpack food program,” said Lynch, who chairs the local Rotarians Unite to Stop Hunger effort. “We donate to the schools’ food banks.”
Lynch said the Back-To-School Jam is aimed at giving kids the best start possible in the upcoming school year, which will begin Aug. 28.
“We realize there is a need. There are a lot of hungry children in our community,” explained Lynch. “We are trying to give them a fresh start on the school year, so they can focus on their school work.”
The Rotary Club could use some help on its side of the Back-To-School Jam, said Lynch. The club is asking that area residents donate food to be packed in the bags which will be handed out.
The club is encouraging residents to donate individually packaged items of food such as cereal, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, fruit cups and juice boxes. Monetary donations also will be accepted and will go toward the purchase of such items.
Folks wishing to donate may make those donations at Cross Creek Country Club or the Hampton Inn on U.S. 601 in Mount Airy.
“We are committed to helping better our community,” said Lynch. “We think it’ll be a great event, and we are looking forward to helping the under-privileged youth of our community get a good start to the school year.”
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.