Towns seek back to school donations
by Kevin Pearson
Jul 28, 2013 | 2168 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As summer comes to a close, cities in Bolivar County prepare for the beginning of the upcoming school year by holding back to school activities and fundraisers.

In Shelby, Mississippians Engaging in Greener Agriculture and Delta Progressive Youth Project will be holding the Shelby Back 2 School Fun Fest from 2-5 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Shelby Die Casting Company Grounds on U.S. Highway 61.

The event will feature free food such as hamburgers and hotdogs as well as food from Dominoes, Pizza Hut and Dodge’s.

Other highlights include: free school supplies, giveaways, fun activities for kids, face painting, sack races, bouncers, free health screenings and entertainment by a live DJ and step show by the SYG Step Team.

The affair will also feature speakers discussing motivation and empowerment to finish school, anti-bullying and the correct usage of social media.

Information tables from Maidservants Outreach Manor Inc., a non-profit organization, will focus on preventing teen pregnancy and empowering pregnant teens to complete their education.

A booth on oral health offering free toothbrushes will also be set up, as well as an anti-tobacco table and Weezy Bear, the official mascot for the School-based Asthma Management Program at Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development.

“I hope the Shelby community will come out to participate with us and get ready for the upcoming school year,” said Pamela McKnight, co-organizer of the event. “And be sure to bring your lawn chairs.”

In Mound Bayou, Sergeant Kelvin Brown will be hosting the Annual Back to School Cookout from 1-4 p.m. also on Aug. 3 at the Mound Bayou City Hall located at 106 Green Ave.

This cookout will provide free food and free school supplies for the kids and high school students of Mound Bayou and the surrounding areas.

“We’ve been doing this for the last 13 years and it is primarily for Mound Bayou, but we don’t turn any child away if we can help them,” said Brown.

To prepare for the cookout, Brown is asking for the community to help by donating school supplies, food for the cookout, or by making a monetary donation.

Some of the school supplies that are needed include paper, pronged folders, #2 pencils, binders, black and blue pens, cornbread paper (writing paper for Kinder students), scissors, erasers, rulers, glue and glue sticks, markers, crayons, colored pencils, composition tablets and Germ-X.

Brown is also asking for donations of hot dogs, hamburger patties, hot dog and hamburger buns, chips, cookies, sodas, juice, water, paper plates and paper towels for the cookout.

Donations of school supplies were requested by July 26, although donations after that date will still be accepted, while food donations are asked to be given by Aug. 2.

Cash and check donations, made payable to The City of Mound Bayou for Back to School Rally, are requested to be tuned in by July 31 and can be dropped off at the Mound Bayou City Hall.

If you have any questions regarding donations or further information, please contact Brown at his office at 662-741-2200 or 662-719-9181.

Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and their families, is also holding a drive for school supplies.

Their Backpack Heroes program, which ends on August 3 is looking for donations of new and used school supplies and backpacks for children in Cleveland, the surrounding areas and throughout the state, who may not be able to afford them.

Executive Director of Youth Villages ,Katja Russell said, “Our goal at Youth Villages is to help children and families live successfully in all settings, including school. Having the right school supplies helps give a child the confidence he needs to succeed in school.

"We want to make sure that the children we serve have the resources they need to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.”

Youth Villages is hoping to provide more than 200 Mississippi school children with backpacks and school supplies, including about 20 children in Cleveland.

Some of the supplies needed include: backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, basic calculators, notebook paper, 3-ring binders, crayons, colored pencils, plastic rulers, markers, pencil boxes and pouches, folders with pockets and brads, glue and erasers.

A donation of any of these supplies is welcomed, or you can select a child and provide them with their specific needs.

If you are unable to go shopping for these supplies, Youth Villages is also accepting monetary donations.

For a $35 donation, the Youth Villages staff will fill a backpack for you, while a $100 donation will provide backpacks and supplies for a family.

“We appreciate any amount that a donor feels called to give, and all donations will help the children we serve have a successful start to the new school year,” said Russell.

Donated items can be dropped off at the Youth Villages office, located at 1600 Highway 82, Suite 100, Greenwood, MS 38930.

Donors can also schedule a pickup with a Youth Villages staff member by contacting André Conway at 601-572-3750 or

Monetary donations of any amount can be sent to Youth Villages Attn: André Conway 805 South Wheatley St., Ste. 240 Ridgeland, MS 39157.