CARLISLE — The Town of Carlisle’s annual Community Fun Day Cookout & Back to School Bash was a success with nearly 200 book bags filled with school supplies distributed to children in the community.
For the past 11 years, Carlisle has held its Community Fun Day Cookout & Back To School Bash as a means of providing a day of family-oriented fun for the community while also helping prepare its children for the start of school.
This year’s event included a variety of activities including music provided by a DJ, a talent/fashion show, face painting, a slip-in-slide, horse rides, and, of course, food.
As in previous years, the event was held the Saturday before the start of the new school year. Mayor Mary-Ferguson Glenn said Monday that this year’s event succeed in providing both a day of fun for the community and helping get its children ready for school.
“We had a great turnout, it went very well,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We had an overall good time with the music and the food, even the weather cooperated. The children enjoyed riding on the horses, they really loved that.
“We had an added attraction, a presentation on reptiles by Stewart Jones who calls himself a ‘Serpent Advocate,’” she said. “He brought in a variety of snakes and educated the public on the different species of snakes; differentiating between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes; and the dos and don’ts of handling snakes.”
For the Back to School portion of the event, the town collected book bags and school supplies to fill them with to distribute to the community’s children.
“We had approximately 200 book bags filled with school supplies,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We distributed 194 of those and the balance has already been promised. We had calls this morning from people still asking for school supplies.”
Many of the book bags and school supplies were donated by private citizens, community groups, and churches and Ferguson-Glenn thanked all those for those donations as well as those who worked as volunteers to help fill and distribute the bags. She said that one of the donations the town received was from Spartanburg Methodist Church that donated books for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. These were also placed in the book bags along with the other supplies.
“It was a perfect example of what you can do when government, the community, and the churches come together,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We want to thank everybody who donated, whether it be school supplies or their time.”