Hundreds receive school supplies at Carl Russell Sr. Recreation Center

Ben Piggott, supervisor of the Carl Russell Sr. Recreation Center, passes out a bag filled with school supplies during the back-to-school celebra-tion on Friday, Aug. 5. Students in Forsyth County begin school on Aug. 29.

Hundreds receive school supplies at Carl Russell Sr. Recreation Center
August 11
06:50 2016

Photos by Tevin Stinson



Last Friday, hundreds of local students gathered at Carl Russell Recreation Center, for the centers annual back to school celebration. This year, Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks partnered with local organizations to help provide school supplies for students in the northeast Winston-Salem community and surrounding areas.

During the event, students were also treated to an all-star basketball game featuring some of the most talented boys and girls in the area, and a free hot dog lunch. A live disc jockey was also on hand to provide the latest tunes for the children and parents while they enjoyed the festivities.

As he passed out the brightly colored green bags filled with notebooks, paper, pencils and other supplies, center supervisor Ben Piggott said without the organizations in the community, some kids would start school without any school supplies.

“The support has just been amazing this year,” said Piggott. “For some parents in this community the start of school year comes with added financial stress. We feel it’s our duty to take some of that stress away. With the help we received this year, I think we managed to do that.”

Others organizations that helped sponsor the event include Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Mentors Lead, AAU Bail Bonding, Chef 2 Child Ford Services and 97.1 WQMG on air personality Renee Vaughn.

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