Back-to-school shopping is just around the corner, but some Harrison County students are ahead of the game, thanks to some West Virginia Junior College students and the Clarksburg Mission.
This fall, John Hawkins will be a sixth-grade student at South Harrison Middle School. He said he loves summer but can't wait to get back to school, especially because of his favorite subject.
"Oh, I'm good at English. I've never gotten an F, D, or C. A and Bs!" said Hawkins.
"Just going back to school is exciting for every kid. But the fact that some children are less fortunate are going to get stuff that they actually need for school that they truly couldn't afford it by other means...it's just a wonderful thing," said Carol Kirby of the Clarksburg Mission.
Hawkins is not alone. On Friday, several other Harrison County students "took the bus" to the college's campus in Bridgeport, where the students from the college's Medical Assistant Club helped them to 'Fill Their Backpacks.'
The possibilities were endless.
"I got, crayons, erasers, more highlighters..." said one of the girl students.
"You get a backpack. It's so fun here. You even get food!" said Hawkins.
While everyone loves a new set of markers, those involved in the program believe that there's a greater significance than just school supplies.
"It's sad. It's very sad because truthfully, in my heart, that's where a lot of bullying starts. You know, you ain't got the right backpack, you ain't got the right clothes, then you ain't the right kid," said Kirby
"Anybody can go to college. Anybody from any background can be here doing this, to get an education, to better themselves. And nobody should feel like they can't," said Katelyn Parrish, a student volunteer.
"Just by going to a college, you might realize that you might want to come here one day," said Hawkins
The Clarksburg Mission said it is still accepting school supplies from anybody who can give. Click on its link for more information.