Local 1st Graders Get Free Bookbags

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Monday, 1st grade students at Hopkins Elementary received free bookbags filled with school supplies from Golden State Foods. “We wanted to keep it hidden from the children because we wanted to see the excitement on their faces,” says Angela Brown, Hopkins Elementary Principal. The bookbags contained, markers, paper, a notepad, erasers and other school supplies. “Although we have a school supplies list, unfortunately because of the economy some of our parents could not afford some of the items,” says Brown. But, thanks to Golden State Foods, the students now have those. “It’s a great feeling because we understand that there’s a need in the community especially for the children,” says William Brown, Golden State Foods. William Brown says Hopkins Elementary is among nine schools in the state receiving the bags this year. “We were looking to partner with schools in the communities where our associates work and live,” says William Brown. According to Principal Brown, more than 90% of the students here are on free or reduced lunches. William Brown hopes the supplies will help with the financial burden. “It’s something that will help them and their parents to be able to afford other things, “says William Brown. As for the children, they are ready to put their new supplies to good use. “They are happy and excited about learning how to read and learning how to write. So, if anything it will probably be a challenge to keep them from writing up all the paper until they are given assignment to write on the paper,” says Principal Brown. Golden State Foods has been donating supplies to schools across the state and the nation since 2002. The next stop for Golden State Foods and the bookbag giveaway is Pelion Elementary, 1st graders there will receive their bookbags Monday night during the school’s open house event.