This past Friday, the Alabama Federation for Children sponsored a cookout and backpack giveaway at the Foundry Thrift Store in Fairfield. Turnout was incredible.
Over 750 backpacks were given out to students in the Fairfield community west of Birmingham. Each backpack was filled with school supplies, a coupon for 10% off any purchases at the Foundry Thrift Store and an information sheet about school choice options in Alabama.
While only the first 750 students were able to get backpacks, hotdogs were provided to all the families in attendance. Thanks to the folks from Big G BBQ for cooking.
We were also honored to have Representative Arnold Mooney with us to help with the event. His district doesn't include Fairfield, but he felt it was important to show his support for the families we were trying to help and school choice.
We chose to hold this event in Fairfield for a couple of reasons. Historically, the City of Fairfield has some of the state's most significantly underperforming schools. So we felt it was important for these parents to understand they have other options, whether it is the parent tax credit or applying for the scholarship program. Second, this area was devastated by a tornado back in June. We all know how chaotic back to school time is, but some of these families are having to deal with losing homes, cars and personal items, too. Our hope is that by simply providing backpacks and school supplies to these families, the transition into the school year will be just a little bit easier.
Thank you to everyone who came out - especially our volunteers, who made giving handing out 750 backpacks much easier. We couldn't have done it without you. Check out the television coverage from CBS 42 below.