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Congratulations to Jennifer Combs, Parks Recreation and Tourism Director, Brittany Thomas, Programs and Partnerships Manager and Hardeeville city staff for being recognized in the December issue of MASC UPTOWN.
City officials collect school supplies each year, filling a bus with pencils, paper and other necessities that are distributed to the district's schools. On the Saturday before school starts in August, the kids come together to celebrate the end of the summer and the start of a successful school year.
"We try to build more community support and provide service to the community. It's a huge partnership effort, and there's no charge to the taxpayers," said Jennifer Combs, Hardeeville's parks, recreation and tourism director.
Hundreds of kids and their families filled the Hardeeville Recreation Complex for free food, music, inflatable waterslides and games — along with information about ways to get involved in community programs.
"As the parks and recreation director, the most important aspect is providing services to the community where there is a need. This is what residents want. We're reaching out — not just here for fun programs — but to provide programs and events that are filling the needs of a community," Combs said.
Along with the school supplies that were delivered through the pack the bus campaign, additional supplies were given out at the party.
"Some of these kids may not have access or means to get these school supplies. We packed up drawstring bags with supplies on the list for the Jasper County School District. We gave them a lot of what they needed," said Brittany Thomas, the programs and partnerships manager with the parks and recreation department. "We wanted to make sure they had a fun event to get them pumped up for a school year. This is a community effort to give these children and families the support and information and resources to be able to start off the school year."