700 students receive free school supplies in Williston

  • Adrian Pandev and Wil Alexander from Alexander & Pandev law firm in Barnwell were a new partner this year.

At least 700 students are estimated to have received free school supplies Sunday afternoon in Williston.

The 4th Annual W-E CommUNITY Coalition Back-to-School Bash was held August 6 at Williston-Elko High School following prayer around the flagpole. Organizers believe this year’s attendance was the largest they’ve seen since starting the free event.

“Thank you for being a community that believes in unity,” said Ferlecia Cuthbertson, president of the W-E CommUNITY Coalition, of how many partners came together to make the event successful.

Thirty-two school supply items were distributed based on grade level. Cuthbertson said some items, such as earbuds, were added this year to assist in the state-mandated online testing. The items were provided by dozens of churches, organizations, businesses, law enforcement agencies, town leaders and sororities who each manned a table. Several new partners joined the event this year, including the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office and Alexander & Pandev law firm from Barnwell.

“If everyone does a little, no one will have to do a lot,” said Cuthbertson of the Coalition’s motto.

A number of businesses, organizations and school clubs also set up tables to give information on the services available to students. For example, Morgan’s Drugs from downtown Williston was there to discuss a program they offer where students under the age of 12 can get a free bottle of vitamins, said Cuthbertson.

“It was a one stop shop,” Cuthbertson said, who thanked the students and their families for attending the event.

Anyone interested in partnering in next year’s event can call Cuthbertson at (803) 671-2249.