The first ever Back to School Health and Safety Fair was a huge success on August 21st. Even though the event was scheduled to last until 2pm, we had 282 school age children apply for school supplies by noon before we ran out. However, most of the people who came did get something. There were some people who had waited in line since 8:00 am. The first 200 children received nylon backpacks.
The planning of the event was a cooperative thing between the Dove Project and Hill Country Community Action.
The following sponsors provided $5200 to purchase supplies: Hill Country Community Action, Inc. Scott & Melissa Fuller, Rotary Club of San Saba, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, The Father’s House, United Methodist Women, Central Texas Telephone Coop, City National Bank, Commercial National Bank, Dr. Del Sears, Everett’s Pharmacy, Hamrick’s Automotive, Miller & Spinks Law Firm, Texas Screen Graphics, Buddy and Connie Adams. Besides these donor that all gave a minimum of $100, there were also several other donors that gave smaller gifts.
It was quite the sight to see hundreds of children interacting with approximately 15 different organizations who had a fun booth. Children had to do an activity, with at least 5 booths, to collect their colored paper token before getting their school supplies.
Approximately 30 volunteers assisted in registering children. Volunteers were easy to spot in their beautiful lime green t-shirts that were artfully decorated by Grady Harris of Texas Screen Graphics. The front of the t-shirt said “A Community in Action” with the name of the fair and the date and the back listed the generous sponsors. Truly this was an example of how our community really cares about their children.
The only thing left to do now is plan for next year. Yes, there will be a next year. Anything this good needs to go on.