INMAN — Hollywild Animal Park will host a Back-To-School Bash Saturday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
During the weekend, each visitor donating new school supplies for the students at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) will receive the group admission rate, a 15 percent discount. The Walker Foundation, SCSDB’s fund-raising arm, will accept all donations on behalf of the students at SCSDB. A wish list for supplies is posted on Hollywild’s website at www.hollywild.com.
“We think this is a great chance to let our visitors know that we care about other needs in our community. We want to help others learn about SCSDB and the great work that goes on there. We also know the needs for the children at the school are great and want to help them get their school supplies. We are excited about this partnership,” said Hollywild’s Assistant Director, Mary Lee Rollins.
The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Spartanburg campus currently serves 279 students of all ages from all over the State in a wide range of programs from preschool education through adult life skills programs which serve deaf, blind, or sensory multi-disabled. The majority of students travel by bus to the campus each Sunday and return to their homes on Fridays. More than 1500 individuals are served statewide through extensive outreach programs and services.
“We are so appreciative of Hollywild’s support of and dedication to our students,” said Ann Akerman, CEO of The Walker Foundation, which handles donations to the school and its students. “With nearly 300 students on campus, school supplies are in extremely high demand. Keeping up with the demand can sometimes prove challenging, however, with this unique endeavor, Hollywild is making it a little easier this year!”