It's back to school time—supplies are in the stores, sports team practices start soon and the days get shorter. But for many in Bartow County, the excitement of an approaching school year adds stress due to the costs.
, and the are teaming up to sponsor a Saturday, July 21, school supply drive and fundraiser for underprivileged students of Bartow County as a part of Harley-Davidson’s Community Day.
Businessmen say it’s no secret many teachers spend their own money on school supplies for students who cannot afford them. Some local businesses heard of the problem and decided to do something about it.
"When we heard of the great need, we knew that given the opportunity, this great community would rise to the challenge and help meet this need.” Bruce Thompson said in a release. “It also excites me to see small business and in this case all members as well, coming together to give back to our community."
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at , bins will collect donations of pens, pencils, rulers, crayons and other supplies.
Contributors are also encouraged to stop by one of the tents to sponsor a child. Various sponsorship levels start at $1.
Monetary donations and the supplies collected will be distributed between and schools.
The event also will include free child I.D. kits by , a fire safety house for kids, the Bloodmobile by Life South, a Jumpstart motorcycle for new or first-time riders, as well as food vendors and face painting and more for children.
"Harley-Davidson has always been a family friendly business and we do support our community in many ways," said Harley Davidson's Chris Cain. "We encourage everyone to come and bring the whole family for this day of fun, food and fellowship that gives back to our community."