TIFTON — Mims Kids hosted its eighth annual Stay in School Rally at the Tift County Recreation Department Saturday Aug. 3.

Executive Director of Mims Kids Inc. M. Jay Hall organized the rally. He came up with the idea eight years ago and he has continued to grow the rally into the event it is today.

“I think this has a really big positive impact on the community,” said Hall. “You might have some people that would have never crossed paths or worked together before but they come together for one common cause, and that’s for the kids and that’s for the future.”

The event brought out over 200 local Tift County students. Lunch was provided after guest speakers Tift County Superintendent Adam Hathaway and Brandon Howard spoke to the students about the importance of staying in school.

The rally had 36 sponsors that consisted of businesses and people from around the Tift County community. They donated supplies, door prizes and money to make sure the Stay in School Rally was a success.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors and the community efforts,” said Hall. “Because it wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the community support.”

Local organizations came to the Stay in School Rally to set-up informational booths. Some of the tables set up had representatives from United Way, Tift County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Regional Technical College, and Kids Advocacy Coalition.

United Way came to the Stay in School Rally to hand out back packs from their school supply drive that the non-profit organization started last month.

 The door prizes that were raffled off stretched across five different tables. Mims Kids Inc. collected items like stuffed animals, mountain bikes, deluxe haircut kits, toy trucks and a jumbo bowling game.

According to Hall, they tried to have plenty of prizes to raffle off so that as many students as possible received something for their attendance. Every student at the event received school supplies such as paper, writing utensils and binders.

Some of the sponsors for this event included: Tift County Recreation Department, Karen Summerlin, Ameris Bank, Firehouse Subs, Commercial Banking Company and Planet Fitness.

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