In a partnership with United Way of Williamson County and Mercy Health, the Daughters of the King, a local women’s ministry dedicated to serving the community, on Saturday afternoon held its fifth annual back-to-school picnic for the Natchez and Hard Bargain communities.
The event was held behind Johnson Elementary School and families were treated to plenty of cool shade along with hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, drinks and sweets.
Youngsters enjoyed bounce houses and games while DJ Kameron Curill took care of the music and served as emcee. The Franktown Open Hearts dance group, directed by Karen Brockington and the SSOG dance group performed a series of dances for the gathering.
Before the picnic ended, more than 400 backpacks filled with plenty of school supplies, hygiene products and coupons for back-to-school haircuts were passed out to elementary, middle and high school students.
“We’ve been doing this for five years and we’re going strong,” said Iris Beech, a member of Daughters of the King. “This is just amazing. Loving on the kids is an awesome thing, and seeing them walk away with a smile and happy with everything they need to be successful for the school year. What more can you ask for?”
The event was made possible with help from area churches, Harpeth True Value, Franklin Synergy Bank, Kemberton Healthcare, Publix, Sam’s Club, Franklin Equipment, the Royal Divas, the Zeta Phi Beta sorority and others.
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