Rock Hill school district celebrates philanthropic accomplishments

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comOctober 14, 2013 

— The Rock Hill School District celebrated two of its philanthropic endeavors Monday afternoon.

The Rock Hill School District Foundation commemorated five years since the beginning of the “Back the Pack” program. When the program first began, 1 in 17 children had nothing or almost nothing to eat between leaving a Rock Hill school on Friday and returning on Monday, said Serena Williams, coordinator of community service for the Foundation.

Since Back the Pack began, more than 3,000 students have been given meals to take home on the weekends, with more than 1 million items donated from community partners and individuals and more than 500 volunteer participants.

“I don’t know how we did it before (Back the Pack),” said Alice Davis, a Foundation board member.

Before the program, she said, some students were too concerned with where their next meal was coming from to focus on learning.

After congratulating Back the Pack on its years of success, Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols also thanked the community for its support of the Rock Hill Reads initiative, a joint effort between the city, school district, York County library system and others to encourage children to read.

Then, Kurt Herkert, of the Walmart Foundation, helped present a check to Rock Hill Reads for $10,000.

“I thought (Rock Hill Reads) fits perfectly with some of the goals of the Walmart Foundation,” he said.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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