Students get free backpacks, supplies for school


Students pick out free books to read at Cherry Point United Methodist Church. The students also received free backpacks and supplies for their return to school on Aug. 26.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

Among the dozens of backpacks given away to children last week, only one was purple, and almost everyone wanted it.

So they drew names and Jordan Skinner, a sixth-grader at Havelock Middle School, was fortunate enough to get it.

"It’s stylish," Skinner said as he picked through the various back-to-school supplies inside. "This is great. Better than chicken nuggets."

Skinner’s bag was among more than 150 backpacks given away during the last couple of weeks at Cherry Point United Methodist Church.

"It is honestly the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done," said organizer Kim Rice Smith, a church member and member of the Craven County Board of Education. "I look forward to it every Wednesday. I think people forget how much need there is in our community."

The give-a-ways took place as the church, with help from First United Methodist Church, fed children free lunches. The summer program is designed to give children who would normally eat school lunches a free, nutritious option while off school for the summer.

About 120 of the backpacks were donated by Dr. Russell Davis, a Havelock chiropractor.

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