HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A festival-type event was held Saturday in south Huntsville to raise money and school supplies.
Organizers call it the "Education Celebration" at Grissom High School. It's become an annual tradition, with students of all ages finding fun things to do with inflatables, music and demonstrations.
Various schools in south Huntsville had booths set up to talk about the interesting activities and curriculum they offer, including STEM and robotics programs.
One goal is to get families excited about the start of the new school year. Another important part is for parents and businesses to make donations for school supplies.
"We distribute that money in the form of gifts cards from local office supply places to the schools so they can go down there and get any kind of school supplies from Office Depot or Staples," said Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick, who organized the event.
Cheerleaders for various schools, including Grissom High, Challenger Middle, Whitesburg Middle and Mountain Gap Middle did demonstrations. Art in Motion Dance Academy also put on an impressive performance for the crowd.
This was the fourth annual Education Celebration. Eleven Huntsville City Schools participated in the event.
School board and city council candidates for District 3 also took the opportunity to meet with voters.