Today is the Thursday that I meet a group of volunteers (annually) to unload 1,000 backpacks and fillers for Charleston School District sponsored by Hootie and the Blowfish Homegrown Roundup. We volunteers spend the afternoon packing the backpacks with necessary items that these children might not be able to afford for the upcoming school year and then on Saturday they come to Burke High School and get haircuts and even more items including shoes. Darrius and the guys put on a concert at the Family Circle Tennis Stadium that raises money to support this function. We set up tables of school supplies and the get to pick out their needs as they view the tables lining the gym. They normally choose about five to six schools each year to participate in the program. Here is a picture from last years roundup, taken from this mornings newspaper.
Jalea Fludd (left), 4, digs through her new backpack as Julius Fludd Jr., 3, and Xzayviona Gathers, 4, move down the row of tables during the Hootie & the Blowfish Homegrown Roundup last August at Burke High School.