More than 500 children  and their families filled Pitt Street Park to attend the Coolie Myrick Back to School Drive on July 27. For the 12th year in a row, families came out to have fun, get school supplies and other resources, and honor several community leaders.  

The event came to Thomson through Willie “Coolie” Myrick, who created the drive as a way to give back while imprisoned for drug charges.  The National Guard, Freddie Mae Foundation, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Gideon Ministry, Thomson High School Future Business Leaders of America, and members of THS’ football and cheerleading teams came out to support the event in conjunction with 75 volunteers.

Starting out, organizer Nisharro “Sharro” Usry-Wilson said that the drive was aimed at providing for students returning to school but has expanded over the years to include helping parents too. Besides having a food giveaway, the drive also offered a health check this year.

“This is one of our largest drives. We hope it gets bigger and better,” said Usry-Wilson. “Our goal is to serve the whole family.”

During the event, community members received various awards and scholar

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