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Hundreds of students and parents can leave the school supply worries behind thanks to last weekend’s Back-2-School Blitz in Cairo.
At the 10th annual free school supply event, an estimated 900 students took home bags of pencils, paper, crayons and more. Some attendees even won door prizes if they answered local school related trivia questions correctly.
The event, which was held at the Cairo High School gymnasium, was hosted in partnership by Family Connections and Grady County Schools.
Several local patrons contributed to the event including “Gold Sponsors” CNS, Wal-Mart, Koyo Bearings, Grady General Hospital, Rep. Darlene Taylor and Cairo Kiwanis Club; “Silver Sponsors” Drew Oil and D&G You Store It; and “Bronze Sponsors” Dental Associates of Southwest Georgia, United National Bank, Women of Purpose Global Ministries and First National Bank.
A group of about 38 vendors were on hand, along with several volunteers, including Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor and Grady County Commission Chairwoman LaFaye Copeland.
The Cairo High School girls basketball team helped assemble the school supply bags before the event. Each bag contained pencils, black and blue pens, eraser, crayons, sharpener, 100 sheet package of wide ruled notebook paper, spiral notebook and pocket folders.
Organizer Nola Daughtry said there were approximately 300 unclaimed school supply bags that have now been distributed to mainly elementary schools here for students in need.
During the event, CHS Syrupmaker football players Matthew Peters, Kamaree Perry, Calvin Issac III, and Ernest Taylor greeted children and helped vendors break down their displays after the Blitz.
“I think it ran pretty smoothly, and it was a good event for the community,” says Daughtry.
The organizer also thanked the FIRM Dance Company for performing along with former CHS feature twirler Taylor Maige.