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About the First Day Festival
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The First Day Festival is a community-wide celebration of education that encourages parents to attend school with their children on the first day, urges businesses to support parents by giving them time off to get involved in their child’s education, and enhances public engagement in our schools. The First Day Festival encourages widespread support for the education of our community’s children.  Our goal is to ensure that all students are able to start school with the resources necessary to participate fully in the learning process.  

Every August, Charleston welcomes thousands of students and their families to its annual First Day Festival.  At the Festival, students and their families receive school supplies, discover student support services, learn about healthy snacks, and enjoy Festival entertainment such as Aquarium tours and boat rides at no cost to attendees.  The Festival is made possible through contributions from individuals and businesses alike.  The First Day Festival is a wonderful way to unite the community around an important cause.    

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The 12th Annual First Day Festival
This year, the 12th Annual First Day Festival was held on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center from 1:00-4:00pm.  There were a number of fun and free events that took place this year including:
  • Admission into the SC Aquarium
  • Tours of Ft. Sumter Museum
  • Boat rides
  • Educational exhibits
  • Healthy snacks
  • Face painting
  • Kids zone
  • Health and Wellness exhibits
  • School supplies
  • Create your own shaved ice with Kona Ice!

With amazing performances by: 
        Japan Karate Institute 
                LowCo Suzuki Guitar and
                    Flip! Gym
And apperances by Scrappy of Patriots Point and Cool Ray of the SC Stingrays!

Thank you to all who came and supported the Festival!  We'll see you next year!


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How You Can Get Involved
The success of the First Day Festival is dependent upon collaborative partnerships and extraordinary community support.  Our partners provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support for the First Day Festival. Organizations that show support in one or more of the following ways are recognized on the First Day Festival Honor Roll. 

Please help us spread the word of the First Day Festival! There are endless ways you can contribute to this wonderful event, some of which include:

  • Becoming a business/honor roll partner with a contribution                 
  • Posting posters and promoting the First Day Festival at your business/organization 
  • Collecting/donating school supplies to be distributed at the First Day Festival
  • Volunteering before or the day of the Festival          
  • Getting involved in our schools -- call us to connect with your neighborhood school

Find out more ways to contribute to the First Day Festival here!