Students get free backpacks, supplies for school

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

"The book bags are great. They even have them for teachers," said Dan Ruffner, a seventh-grade math teacher at Havelock Middle School.

The bags were filled with school supplies such as markers, pencils, pens, paper, notebooks and other things students need for the start of the school year on Aug. 26.

Mark Woods, pastor of Cherry Point Methodist, said money from the Bate Foundation and church donations paid for the backpacks and school supplies.

"We try to do what we can to support the community. We’ll do anything to help out," he said.

The church is located next to Havelock Middle School.

"They have been the most supportive of the school across the street," Havelock Middle Principal Tabari Wallace said. "This is huge. They are our true pillars of the community and it’s hard to give in times like they are. That Wednesday lunch thing is a Godsend this year."

The church parishioners donated hundreds of books for children to take home and read. Children surrounded the book table, stuffing their backpacks full of the books.

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