A line of people stretched through the building and even spilled onto the sidewalk in North Wheeling this morning as local families gathered for the annual Adopt-a-Student program.
The event is hosted by the North Wheeling Community Youth Center and Bethlehem Apostolic Temple and ensures no student will go back to school without the supplies they need–something Reverend Cummings feels is crucial to student success.
“If you have a bad attitude, you’re probably not going to do as well in school. But if you go back [thinking], ‘I’ve got everything new. I’ve got everything that I need to learn and to do well, and I’m as good as everybody else,’ I think it inspires them to greatness,” said Reverend Cummings.
This is the 26th year for this event where students receive free book bags, notebooks, pencils, clothing, shoes and maybe even a new bike.
An event this large takes a lot of work to put together, but organizers say with the continued support of the community, they are happy to do it.
“This is a bunch of people who are working together, and we’re so honored that they trusted us to help get it out. We’ve been doing it for 26 years, and as long as God helps us, we’ll keep doing it,” said Reverend Cummings.
The fun does not stop today. The annual Back-to-School Festival begins at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Wheeling Park, where families can enjoy inflatables, games, food, and more.