Back-to-School back-pack event a big hit with families!


By Sonya Crandall – Envision Williamston Executive Director

A standing room crowd attended Saturday’s Back-to-School community gathering at the Caroline Community Center in Williamston Saturday.

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor welcomed the families to the day’s activities. Mayor Mack Durham said he was delighted that this was becoming an annual event for the community. Everyone was amazed by the local dancers who performed on stage and even invited local children to participate in some moves. Gospel singers also inspired the crowd and testimonials were given to encourage local youth. Hot dogs and drinks were distributed to feed the hungry crowd.

Envision Williamston, the local Main Street Program, offered crafting activities to keep the children engaged. Free backpacks were distributed by local churches and community groups. The packs were stuffed with paper, pencils, and other supplies to help give the children a good start back-to-school.

Duke Energy and the Town of Williamston underwrote the cost of the event. Local churches helped stuff the backpacks. For more information, go to