LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County will hold its annual back-to-school celebration on Thursday, an event that helps equip more than 20,000 students for their return to the classroom.
During the event, which will be held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., students will be provided with free classroom supplies like notebook paper, activity books, crayons, markers, note cards, sticky pads, coloring pencils and books. Students will also receive a mesh book bag, a requirement for all Public Schools of Robeson County students, in a new color — blue.
Parents will also receive a bag, notebooks, calendar, dictionary and activity sheets.
Snacks will be provided.
“Our back-to-school celebration gives us the opportunity to provide some of the required school supplies needed by the children of our district,” said Amy Haigler, Parent-Student Center coordinator for the school system. “It also gives parents an opportunity to speak with the school staff and obtain valuable information. We have been very fortunate that our businesses, sponsors, Public Schools of Robeson County employees as well as our 100-plus volunteers give us the opportunity to make sure everyone is processed and can go through the building in a timely fashion.”
Each school will have a booth at the event, providing information to students and parents. To combat the heat, the district will have 12 mist fans outside of the center.
Those attending will be eligible to win gift certificates and other items from community businesses like Chick-fil-A, Cracker Barrel, Clothing and Such and Forms and Supplies.
Translators will be on site to assist people who don’t speak English.
The first day of school is Aug. 29. For information, call 910-735-2190.