Central Christian, Culver's team up to help area kids

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  • Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News From right: Beloit area kids 10-year-old Ellie Thomas, 11-year-old Ryan Thomas and 5-year-old Kanon Walters show off their haul from Saturday's school supply fair at Culver's in Beloit. The event marks the 8th year for getting kids off to school with quality school supplies and books through the Beloit Literacy For Life initiative. Culver's joined up with Central Christian Church and the Rock County Sheriff's Office for the event.

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    Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News 10-year-old South Beloit resident Delani Pecoraro feeds one of the two Clydesdale horses that ponied up to the 8th annual Culver's school supply and community fair Saturday in Beloit with Central Christian Church and the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

  • Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News From right: Beloit area kids 10-year-old Ellie Thomas, 11-year-old Ryan Thomas and 5-year-old Kanon Walters show off their haul from Saturday's school supply fair at Culver's in Beloit. The event marks the 8th year for getting kids off to school with quality school supplies and books through the Beloit Literacy For Life initiative. Culver's joined up with Central Christian Church and the Rock County Sheriff's Office for the event.

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    Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News 10-year-old South Beloit resident Delani Pecoraro feeds one of the two Clydesdale horses that ponied up to the 8th annual Culver's school supply and community fair Saturday in Beloit with Central Christian Church and the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

BELOIT - As summer winds down, families are preparing to send kids back to school once again.

Thanks to a joint effort between Culver's, Central Christian Church and the Rock County Sheriff's Office, dozens of families don't need to worry about doing any last minute school supply shopping.

On Saturday, the groups teamed up for a school supply and backpack drive, along with activities and more for kids.

For the last eight years, Culver's has partnered with community groups to help give kids a head start for the next school year. Bookbags stuffed with school supplies and books were available for $5, with funds donated back to Culvers' Christmas efforts.

"It's really awesome because it's showing the Beloit community come together and it's really showing the people from the surrounding area how much we all care," said Culver's Manager Rich Franklin.

Franklin said this year's event was the largest yet, drawing in more families than past years.

On top of getting some new swag, kids were also able to horse around - petting some Clydesdale horses and jump on a bounce house.

"It's nice to see all the kids and families have a great time on a bright, beautiful day," said Rock County deputy Jeffrey Adams.

Adams was named the Culver's Super Hero in 2018 for all the work he did helping out.

"It's nice that these groups are doing this for the community and everyone is having fun. They have even more things for the kids to do this year," Adams said.

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