Community organizations provided entertainment and free school supplies at the North Florida Fairgrounds Saturday, August, 20th. The 6th annual Back to School Community Experience is hosted by Mayor Marks and the City of Tallahasse, and the Jacob Chapel Baptist Church. Companies like Walmart and Comcast pitched in to make the event possible.
Mal'lica Gordon attended to get school supplies for her and her 5 year old daughter. Gordon says, "I just think it's wonderful how these organizations came together to help a lot of people out during these rough times."
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks was at the 6th Annual Back to School Community Experience. He says, "What we want to do now is teach our kids to learn, and this is just a part of preparing our kids to learn."
One Voice Coalition co-chair, Tazh Hall, was at the event to show support to the community. He says that his organization is there to "Make sure people have access to information, and to make sure they have a resource that they know is there."
Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons, Pastor of Jacob Chapel Baptist Church and coordinator for the event, was also present. He says that he put together a similar event on a smaller scale six years ago. After praying for more support and seeking out more resources, Simmons was able to organize the "Back to School Community Expereince." He says he is thankful for the community support from the city of Tallahassee, and organizations like Walmart, and Comcast.
If you missed out this year, you'll have a second chance next year. Coordinators say the community support has continued to grow, and they plan to continue the event.