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      School supplies needed for First Day Festival

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A school supply drive is being held to help support the 2014 First Day Festival.

      Charleston's annual First Day Festival will take place on Sunday, August 17 at Liberty Square near the SC Aquarium and Charleston Maritime Center.

      The entire community is invited to celebrate education and to mark the beginning of the school year. Attendees will find education exhibitors, health and wellness stations and nutritious snacks.

      A key component of the First Day Festival is school supply distribution. Last year, organizers packed thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies for local children who could otherwise begin the school year without the necessary, needed supplies.

      The following supplies are still needed for the big day.

      • Pencils and colored pencils
      • 12" rulers
      • Pens
      • Wide-ruled filler paper and composition books
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Tissues (travel/pocket size)
      • Two-pocket folders
      • Scissors
      • Markers
      • Erasers
      • Crayons
      • Glue

      If you'd like to donate, First Day Festival collection bins are located all over Charleston.

      --City of Charleston Recreation Facilities:

      • Bees Ferry Landing- 1590 Ashley Gardens Blvd.
      • James Island Recreation Complex- 1088 Quail Drive
      • Charleston Tennis Center- 19 Farmfield Avenue
      • Daniel Island Recreation Facility- 235 Seven Farms Drive
      • City Recreation Department- 823 Meeting Street
      --Charleston County School District Building- 75 Calhoun Street--Charleston County Public Library- 68 Calhoun Street--Charleston County Government Building- 4045 Bridge View Drive--O.T. Wallace County Office Bldg- 101 Meeting Street--City of Charleston offices- 50 Broad Street"The success of the First Day Festival is the result of collaborative partnerships and extraordinary community support," said Mindy Sturm, Director of the Mayor's Office for Children, Youth and Families. "Financial, in-kind and volunteer support allows the City to the First Day Festival at no cost to families. The Charleston community has established a model of civic engagement in support of education."

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