By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: August 24, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – In only a couple of weeks, the calendars with turn to September, heralding the start of the 2019-2020 school year and thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, many students will start off the year with brand-new supplies and a smile on their faces after Dinwiddie County Public Schools’ first-ever Back2School Bash goes off without a hitch.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, teachers and school division staff joined parents at Sunnyside and Southside elementary schools for a pair of special events that not only provided students with supplies and information they and their parents would need for the coming year, but an opportunity to have fun and get excited for their return to school.
This was the first event of its kind hosted by Dinwiddie County Public Schools and, despite it being a new initiative, the school system found support from all of their stakeholders, from instructors, to support staff and even the community-at-large. That community support came in the form of copious amounts of school supplies that were donated to DCPS during the month of July, that were then sorted by staff and volunteers before being distributed to students at last week’s events.
Given the, at times, carloads of supplies donated to the school division, plenty of supplies will be left over and distributed to the county’s schools where it can be used through the year when needed.
During last week’s events, social media was abuzz as attendees tweeted images of students, parents and teachers enjoying the Back2School bash, with DCPS’ slogan, “Deep Roots. Great Heights,” serving as a central point for people to share their experiences at the school system’s first Bash events.
In an interview, Dinwiddie Schools Superintendent Dr. Kari Weston said she was humbled by the support the school division received from the community leading up to last week’s Back2School Bash events.
“I feel like that is when you know you are getting something right, when there is a need in this community, people show up and they give up their time and their resources,” she said. “For me, certainly we have a number of smaller agencies that have collected supplies and have been supportive of our students, the supplies initiative has really grown into something unbelievable.”
Weston continued, “To take one small thing off the plates of parents and teachers to make sure students have paper, pencils, and notebooks, that’s amazing. I think the beauty of the response that we have seen is, not only are we going to be able to provide supplies on the front-end, we will have supplies left over so mid-year when you need to replenish, we will be able to do that as well.”
Partnering with the faith-based community, DCPS will continue its annual pre-K and kindergarten school supply distribution, with those students receiving their supplies during their open house events at their respective schools.
School resumes in Dinwiddie County on September 3.