An enthusiastic crowd greeted those modelling the attire of local businesses at the “Rock the Runway” fashion show for hunger on Saturday. Food and monetary contributions from the event, which was held at Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, went to backpack food programs at B.H. Tharrington Primary School and Franklin Elementary School.
As part of the food programs school children in need are given a backpack filled with single serving, kid-friendly food each Friday. The programs, which exist in the city schools and all county elementary and middle schools, seek to feed children over the weekend.
Surry County Schools spokesperson Sonia Dickerson said, “It’s always great to see the community coming together to support an event that ultimately helps our students.”
The event was sponsored by the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association and featured clothing and fashions from Mount Airy clothing stores. Stores that participated in the fashion show included B’s Treasures, Poppy’s Boutique, Dragonfly Boutique, the Main Oak Emporium and F. Rees Company. Other businesses such as Bear Creek Gifts helped to sponsor the event.
After a dance performance by dancers from La Nota House of Dance in Stuart, Virginia, kicked off the show, dozens of local area residents modeled various fashions.
In addition to workers from the downtown businesses, models included a number of students, both past and present, from the Surry County Schools. One such model was Meadowview Middle School student Weatherly Reeves, the daughter of Surry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves.
While Reeves was visibly elated to see daughter Weatherly walk the runway like a professional, Reeves said the more important matter was how the community had come together to support programs such as the backpack program at Franklin Elementary.
Franklin Elementary Principal Jodi Southern said donations collected at the event will go to good use in the backpack programs at Tharrington Primary School and Franklin Elementary School.
Southern said since Franklin Guidance Counselor Melissa Hart started the schools’s backpack food program some eight years ago, demand for the program has grown. Southern said contributions from charity events such as Saturday’s and donations from local churches go a long way in meeting the growing needs of the program.
Southern said in the end the backpack food program, which helps feed in excess of 70 children at Southern’s school, plays a key role in educating youngsters and preparing them for their futures.
“A well-fed kid is one that can be successful in school,” commented Southern.
Andy Winemiller can be reached at 336-415-4698 or [email protected]