Are you ready to go back to school? How about attending the First Day Festival, hosted by the City of Charleston since 2003?
The annual First Day Festival returns for its 20th year on Sunday, Aug. 13 — which means a day of celebration to begin the new school year.
The festival will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Gaillard Center + South Carolina Aquarium. Look forward to kid-friendly activities, exhibits on student support + community resources. Plus, free giveaways including:
- School supplies
- Fresh food (courtesy of the Lowcountry Food Bank)
- Admission to the aquarium
- Boat rides
Pro tip: Get there early for the free boat rides — supply is limited.
In the words of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, “The First Day Festival makes the remarkable impact it does because of the unwavering support of our Charleston community.” Be a part of that support through volunteering or donating.
Volunteer applications are open until Tuesday, Aug. 1. Help with tasks like setting up exhibits and passing out tickets + school supplies. Sign up now.
No time to volunteer? Help stock up on school supplies. Donations will also be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. Items like crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper products, glue sticks, folders, and pencil pouches are especially appreciated.
If you order your donations online, you can send your donation directly to the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families at 75 Calhoun St., Ste. 3700. Or drop off donations at one of these in-person sites.