FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Ebonette Club of Tarboro and Edgecombe Entrepreneurs will have their annual back-to-school bash in the cafeteria of W.A. Pattillo School Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. until supplies run out.
The bash is open to Edgecombe County Public Schools students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Ebonette Club asks parents to accompany their children to the event.
The club will give out book bags filled with school supplies to children in attendance. Ernestine Smith, Ebonette Club president, estimates that the club will give out a little more than 400 book bags.
“We put paper, pencils, pens, composition tablets, folders (in the book bags.) It’s just something to make sure the children have something to begin the school year with,” Smith said. “This is something we’ve been doing for years now. It’s our way of giving back to the community. We know there’s a need and we just try to help.”
The Ebonette Club is a “civic organization whose main focus is on the education of the children in Edgecombe County Public Schools,” Smith said. The club provides scholarships to high-school seniors every year.
Founded in 1970, the Ebonette Club is comprised of 24 women from diverse backgrounds uniting for a common cause.