MIDLANDS PARENTS: Here's everything you need to know about kids heading back to school

Tax free weekend starts Aug 3

(WIS) - Students are getting ready to head back to school, and the cost of supplies can make this a hard time for some families.

Midlands communities are coming together to raise school supplies ahead of the new school year. Below, find a list of drop off locations. If you want your supply drive on this list, send details to countonwis@wistv.com.

Cayce

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is teaming up with local churches for a Back to School Supply Drive through August 17.

You can help Cayce students by dropping off new school supplies in the lobby of the Public Safety building.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated by many.

Columbia

Back to School Carnival

Loving the Unique You, a non-profit organization that supports minority females in their educational endeavors and advancement, will host a Back to School Carnival.

The objective is to raise monies for Fall 2018 Loving the Unique You Educational Scholarship  $2,500) and further the community by providing FREE school supplies, games for fun and giveaways.

The event will be held August 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Orangeburg

The annual Back to School Bash will take place at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

The event is open to all families with children attending schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five. Approximately 2,500 backpacks stuffed with grade appropriate school supplies were distributed FREE to children attending schools within the district last year.

Families receive a free hot dog lunch, souvenir photos, and free Italian Ice. An outdoor area with a variety of amusement rides is provided for the children.  Representatives from each of the district's 15 schools are available to assist parents and students with questions about the beginning of the school year and the gymnasium is filled with vendors offering education-related info and services for families.

Back to School Start Dates for the Midlands. 

You've probably been waiting all summer to send your kiddies back to school. Here are all of the first days:

August 20

Calhoun

Clarendon 1

Clarendon 2

Clarendon 3

Fairfield

Kershaw

Lee

Lexington 2

Lexington 4

Newberry

Orangeburg 5

Orangeburg Consolidated 4

Orangeburg Consolidated 3

Richland 1

Sumter

Saluda

August 21

Lexington 1

August 22

Lex Rich 5

Richland 2

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