SLP Back to School Bash!

Posted by: Ashley Harp

SLP summer camp has ended after ten weeks filled with fun, field trips and literacy and now it’s time to head back to school!

On August 13, 2014, SLP hosted its first Back to School Bash, which will be an annual event going forward.  The community came out to support us in a major way.  Sherrill’s University came to provide free hair cuts for kids and adults with former SLP resident, Jessica Dillard, as a Master Hair Care Instructor.  Virginia College provided free manicures for adults and fingernail polish for youth.  A Columbia College student came out and provided face painting for free.  The Richland County Sheriff’s Department brought out the K9 Unit and fingerprinted and provided IDs for the kids.  Richland County Public Library, Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, and God Breathe Publishing Ministries and School of Open Doors were also on hand to give out resources and information to parents.  Donations of school supplies were given by Palmetto Health, Home Builders Association and many other private and individual donors.
Staff prepared brownbag “school” lunches filled with a sandwich, chips and yogurt.  Parents and students faced off in games including tug of war (the students won with a little help from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department!), sack race, three-point shoot off and a few rounds of the limbo!  There were plenty of dance-offs, too!
dance off
USC Women’s Basketball coach and Co-founder and President of Innersole, Dawn Staley, brought all school-aged children a new pair of shoes for the 2014-2015 school year.  “Each and every day that passes by, the smiles that are put on the faces of the recipients who receive sneakers, it makes us work a lot harder.” Staley stated as she addressed the parents.  “[Students] can walk through school and feel like they belong and hopefully we can break down social and academic barriers that are placed upon kids who maybe feel like they are not equal to others because they don’t have a new pair of sneakers.  It’s a small gesture but it’s one that I felt like I can identify with because I was one of those kids.”  To learn more about Innersole, check out the website at
staley & shoes
staley & staff
The SLP team sends a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and we wish all of our students a fun and memorable school year full of learning!