(WLTX) -- It is back to school season in the Midlands and Richland County is prepared for it.
Mayor Steve Benjamin and several others partnered with YNotU2 Inc. for a First Day Festival that was held at Spirit Communications Park Sunday afternoon.
Kids had an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities which included free haircuts, face painting, and health screenings.Kids were also given free notebooks, free book bags and other school supplies by the sponsors at the event.
This was the second time that YNotU2 held the festival after hosting a similar festival named, “School Days” last year. Kimani Davis, founder of YNotU2, says that he hopes the event gave supplies to everyone in the community.
“It’s just something that we decided to do to help families out for the new school year to get them a start.” Davis said. “We just wanted to make sure that the community gets the help that they need.”
Several popular faces made appearances at the event, including Richland County Deputy Sheriff Chris Mastrianni. Deputy Mastrianni says that he and the rest of the deputies wanted to let kids know that they have their support.
“The school year starts in a couple of weeks, we want the kids to know that we’re here to help them get that positive vibe back to school.” Mastrianni said. “We’re letting them know that we support what they do in school and we’re here to get them off to a good start to the year.”
YnotU2 will hold their next event in December.