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About the First Day Festival
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Every August, Charleston welcomes thousands of students and their families to the 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.    

The 13th Annual First Day Festival
The 13th Annual First Day Festival will be held Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center from 1:00-4:00 pm.  There are a number of fun and free events set to take place 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!

We will also have entertainment in Liberty Square and expect several local mascots to make an appearance!

2015 Honor Roll
We greatly appreciate the contributions from the community, financial, in-kind and donations, and are pleased to add to our growing list of 2015 Honor Roll Partners!

Partners to date
Bank of America
Blackbeard’s Cove
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Boeing Company
Family First Chiropractic
Charleston County Environmental Management
Charleston County Government
Charleston County School District
Charleston Maritime Center
Charleston Water System
City of North Charleston
Communities in Schools
Durham School Services
Family First Chiropractic
Harris Teeter
Hawkes Learning Systems
Historic Charleston Foundation Hubner Manufacturing Corporation
Keep Charleston Beautiful
Kickin’ Chicken
Limehouse Produce Company
Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens 
Points of Light and the Allstate Foundation
Robert Bosch Corporation
Roper St. Francis HealthCare
SC Bar Young Lawyers Division
Select Health Smiling Oak Dentistry
Sotera Defense Solutions
South Carolina State Ports Authority
Teachers' Supply Closet Tidelands Bank

Contact Kadie Huey at 843 965-4190 to find out how your business can become a 2015 Honor Roll Partner!

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