Back to School Events Set in Piggott and Rector

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Piggott Community Sharing Hearts Inc., made a sizeable donation this week to the Piggott Schools Backpack Bash, being hosted Saturday by the Piggott Community Alliance. In keeping with their tradition of helping all Piggott students, the organization donated $1,500 toward backpacks for elementary students and another $1,500 toward backpacks for those at Piggott High School. Those on hand for the check presentation were, from left: Faith Conley, Mona Scott, Mayor Jim Poole, Paula Richardson, Marissa Howell, Barbara Batey and Judge Mike Patterson. Conley, Scott, Poole, Batey and Patterson are all board members of Piggott Community Sharing Hearts while Richardson and Howell are members of Piggott Community Alliance.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Several Rector churches will join forces this Saturday, Aug. 4, for the annual “Back to School With Love Day.” From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, school supplies, hygiene items and other necessities will be distributed at some of the churches while others will be making donations directly to the schools.

The Fifth and Pine Church of Christ will be handing out school supplies for students in kindergarten through high school. Meanwhile, the First United Methodist Church will be distributing backpacks—again for kindergarten through high school age students. And, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will be distributing hygiene items, which will be distributed in backpacks as well.

All children attending the distributions must be accompanied by an adult to pick up supplies.

Other churches will be participating, and taking items directly to the schools for use by students. First General Baptist Church will be providing socks and underwear to the schools, while First Baptist Church will be providing cleaning supplies—also delivered to the schools for use.

The “Back to School With Love Day” is an annual outreach effort of the local churches, designed to benefit Rector area students and provide them with a positive start to the coming school year.

Meanwhile, in the continuing effort to insure all Piggott students have the tools they need to succed, a dedicated group of volunteers and businesses will once again join forces this Saturday, Aug. 4, for the annual Backpack Bash. The event is open to all students of Piggott Elementary and Piggott High School and will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of both the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum of Piggott.

Organizers urge all students of the Piggott School District to attend and note each will receive a free backpack, filled with school supplies. As they have in past events, volunteers will also be providing a number of free services, and fun, for those attending. Offerings include haircuts, face painting, a puppet show, train rides, hotdogs, water, sno cones, drinks from Sonic, toothbrushes and toothpaste, museum coupons and information and more. There will also be performances by members of the PHS band and registration information will be available as well.

This year, tables will also be set-up in an effort to have all those attending complete an application for the free and reduced lunch program at Piggott Schools. Event organizers noted all those who complete an application will be included in a drawing for prizes.

“This is important for everyone to fill out, even if you think you don't qualify,” a spokesperson noted. “This could help our school tremendously.” They noted those applying for the free and reduced lunch program will be required to provide salary information, and a state food assistance number if applicable.

All Piggott students are encouraged to make plans to attend. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum is located at 1021 West Cherry Street in Piggott, and the Matilda and Karl Pfeffier Museum is located just north of the HPMEC campus.

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