GRANITEVILLE – This school year will be an adjustment for Felita Brady's family.
For the first time, siblings Amari Brady, 11, and Inara Brady, 9, will be separated as Amari takes on his first year in middle school.
“I am really excited for them to get back to school, even though this year will be different for them” Felita Brady said.
Inara lifted two thumbs up when asked whether she was happy to be going to a different school than her brother.
While the change will be an adjustment for the family, it was made easier with the fifth annual Fit 4 School event at the Aiken County Family Y on Saturday.
The annual back-to-school event provides children with the supplies they need for classes, including extra perks such as free hair cuts and manicures from the Aiken School of Cosmetology. The event was sponsored by The Family Y and Chandler Law Firm.
Once inside the Y, families were greeted with multiple vendor options to choose from, including Twin Dragons Martial Arts, inflatables, Franko the Magician and face painting. Children also could receive free eye screenings from Aiken Ophthalmology and free hearing tests provided by Hearing Associates of South Carolina.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office also was on scene providing free ID kits for each child.
In addition to the vendors, Cedar Creek Church held an in-house yard sale, giving away free clothing to families, and the Youth Restoration Alliance hosted an anti-bullying seminar to help reduce the amount of bullying in schools this year.
Everett Chandler of Chandler Law Firm said the multiple vendors represent the community's commitment to children's education.
“The reality is, while we're the titled sponsor, you see so much community support like Cedar Creek with the free clothing and the Aiken School of Cosmetology giving away free hair cuts,” Chandler said. “In addition to having fun and getting school supplies, you get to witness the community support. A strong education creates a strong businesses community, which then just creates a wonderful community.”
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.
Staff photo by Maayan Schechter From left, Collier Sullivan, Demerius Daniels and Colbi Sullivan, all 12 years old, check out all the different vendors at the fifth annual Fit 4 School event at the Aiken County Family Y on Saturday.×
Staff photo by Maayan Shechter From left, Felita Brady, Brenton Jackson, almost 2, Amari Brady, 11 and Inara Brady,9, check out the different vendors at the Aiken County Family Y on Saturday for the fifth annual Fit 4 School event.×
Staff photo by Maayan Schechter Alexis Curry, 13, said she was excited about starting a new school year while checking out all the different vendors at the fifth annual Fit 4 School event at the Aiken County Family Y on Saturday.×
Staff photo by Maayan Schechter Mikaeley Baker, 7, and Leslie Wheeler take a second to pose for a picture while hanging out at the fifth annual Fit 4 School event at the Aiken County Family Y on Saturday.×
Staff photo by Maayan Schechter William Barfield, 11, gets his fingerprints recorded by Sgt. Jason Feemster of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office during the fifth annual Fit 4 School event on Saturday.×
Staff photo by Maayan Schechter Shamiya Washington, 4, enjoyed the fifth annual Fit 4 School event on Saturday with her family at the Aiken County Family Y before starting her first day of kindergarden.×