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Dozens attend back to school events in Florence, Darlington

Hundreds of students in Florence got backpacks and school supplies thanks to Virginia College's Back to School Bash event Sunday.

Monday is the first day of school for many students in our area.

Students in the Pee Dee got ready with back to school events today.

Andell said he is ready to use his new school supplies and backpack in the first grade.

"About writing and doing the homework," Andell said.

Hundreds of students in Florence got backpacks and school supplies thanks to Virginia College's Back to School Bash event Sunday.

"My mom don’t have to buy and I got it for free," Amaria, who is going into the fourth grade, said.

"Being able to give something back especially those who are in need of it," Virginia College Director of Admissions Teresa Wilkins said.

It wasn’t just pens and paper students got new haircuts form local stylists who donated their time.

"We want to be about building the student up for the new year. We want to show them we are behind them, that we’re excited about what they are about to embark on," Cosmetology Program Director Lethonia Barnes said.

Over in Darlington students celebrated the end of summer with a back to school bash Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Make sure they have some fun and have some school supplies and let them know that the church is here for them and here to support them," Lara Mathis, an event organizer, said.

No matter what grade or school they’re going to they’re ready to learn.

"I’m excited to read...getting back on honor roll," Amaria said.

They're ready to have fun with their new teachers and classmates.

"Excited to see my friends," Andell said.

Larissa Mathis is going into the fifth grade and has some advice for younger students.

"If everybody’s nervous about their first day like kindergartens they can just imagine you’re with your friends and you’re having so much fun you forget you’re nervous," Mathis said.

Virginia College gave out 300 backpacks, the Barber and Stylist Association gave out 100 backpacks.

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