CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston is welcoming thousands of students and their families to the 11th annual First Day Festival that celebrates the coming school year.
Sunday's festivities on the Charleston waterfront allow students to get backpacks full of school supplies, as well as learn about student services and healthy eating. There's also entertainment, free tours of the South Carolina Aquarium and free boat rides.
The idea is to get students and their parents engaged and excited about the new academic year. Public school students in Charleston County start classes on Wednesday.
The event is being held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Liberty Square and the Charleston Maritime Center, both on the Cooper River.
Last year, about 5,000 students got free backpacks full of school supplies.