The fourth annual Winterfest was held on Jan. 4 at the Marlboro School Community Center.
The free event had adult and children games, food, giveaways, and free school supplies.
It was sponsored by Our Children-Their Future, Inc., Corrie H. Plato, and Carolyn A. Prince.
Prince, chairman of Our Children-Their Future, said the event was to help give students school supplies as they go back to school for the spring semester.
“In the past, we distributed school supplies in August along with other groups,” she said. “We knew Santa does not bring school supplies and children and youth would need more by January.”
Seventy bags filled with a variety of school supplies were given to grade levels: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.
Donations from people, public officials, local businesses, churches, and civic organizations help cover the costs.
Prince said they had a committed group of volunteers helping with bingo, popcorn, face painting, games, musical chairs, dancing, lunch (hot dogs, chili, chips, cookies, juice, water) and a professional DJ provided the music.
The event was for parents and children in grades K-12 that are lower-income families and needed help.
“The purposes were to start the new year with a fun event for children, parents and the community,” Prince said. “We started the event with an invocation and an 8-10 minute motivational speech by a local minister.”
In addition to school supplies, gift cards were given to mothers, door prizes to children and adults.
Door prizes included household items such as irons, toasters, fans, blenders, dishes, clocks, and a TV. Children received toys and bicycles. Prince noted the bicycles were won by children who didn’t have one. We had several children whose tickets won a bicycle that asked for another toy since they already had a bicycle.