PORTLAND, Tennessee — State Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) handed out school supplies at the 8th annual Back to School Bash sponsored by the Portland Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.
Matheny is running in the Republican primary for the 6th District of the U.S. House, a seat currently held by expected gubernatorial candidate Diane Black, could be found handing out school supplies.
The event, was held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Richland Park.
Sponsors of the event handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to students who met the only requirement of being enrolled in Portland schools and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bags were available to everyone from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, and the 700 available bags were handed out within 1 hour and 10 minutes, Portland Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Sherri Ferguson, told The Tennessee Star.
Dozens of volunteers helped to pack the backpacks and then hand them out at the event. Another 10 bags will be delivered to each of Portland’s nine schools, as will additional school supplies in time for the first day of school, Monday, August 7.
Matheny has attended several of these events around the 6th Congressional District, handing out lunch boxes, pencils and bookmarks, with a couple more on his schedule before the end of summer vacation and most Tennessee schools head back to class in about a week.