Many of Walthourville's dignitaries came out this past Saturday to participate in the annual back to school event. Several different officials in many capacities showed up for the event in support of encouraging kids about their education.
There were many different businesses at the event who showed up in full support for the kids and the community. Some of the businesses included the Walthourville Police and Fire Departments, Helen's Haven, a children advocacy center that provides support for children who have been through traumatic events, At&T, and Brickwall Café, which distributed free coffee, Richter Taxes, Love Terry's Boutique, the Gift of Love is Here Corporation, and U Bounce, which provided a couple of bounce houses for the kids.
Among the many were Sheriff Will Bowman who had high hopes for the kids going to back to school in the fall as well as supplying them with the tools they need in order to be effective students.
"We want to get the kids the school supplies they need in order to be successful and have a positive relationship with law enforcement," said Sheriff Bowman. Bowman also expressed expectations about helping as many kids as possible and starting real dialogue within the community.
Sheriff Bowman wasn't the only one who appreciated the turnout as Walthourville Police Chief Al Hagan had similar sentiments for both the kids returning to school and the annual event becoming a staple within the community.
"We look forward to bigger and better things," said Chief Hagan.
Walthourville Mayor Larry Baker also spoke on behalf of the event and has the same hopes as many other officials in addition to encouraging vaccinations before going back. "We the city of Walthourville want to be a part of the kids returning to school," said Mayor Baker. "We also believe it's important for the kids to get their vaccinations before returning."
Donald Lovette, Chairman of the Liberty County Board of Commissions, was equally as proud of the event and strongly endorsed the idea of children receiving vaccines before returning.
"As we prepare to open schools up again, we encourage parents to help all their children 12 and over to get vaccinated in order to keep them and our school staff safe," said Chairman Lovette.
Natalie Lopez, of Cali Communications was the event coordinator, and expressed her thanks to everyone who participated and everyone who came out to support the event.
"I'm truly thankful to everyone who volunteered their time and resources," said Lopez. "I can tell every person here is committed to helping the community and this inspires me."
See photo gallery here: Back-to-School