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Group holds drive-thru back-to-school rally at Richmond school

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 21:23:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Northside Coalition for Children held a back-to-school rally at Carver Elementary Saturday to help students get ready for a new kind of classroom.

The non-profit has been holding this rally for 12 years now and held a drive-thru version this year due to COVID-19.

Volunteers handed out supplies to both students and teachers and even included flash drives and headphones as Richmond Public Schools start out fully virtual this fall.

"So many of us assume that students don't need supplies because we are going virtually, but they need more supplies because they are not coming to the brick and mortar,” Shonda Harris-Muhammed, the founder and executive director of Northside Coalition for Children, said. “We want them to have everything they would have in the classroom so they can be successful and the same for our teachers as well.”

Officials with the group said they are committed to supporting teachers and students during these difficult times.