Family continues Annual Back to School Bash in memory of founder Anthwan ‘Offy’ Simms

GIVING BACK – Family members of the late Anthwan Simms continue to keep his memory alive with a back to school giveaway for the community on Saturday, August 10. Pictured from left is Latrell Anderson, Tiara Simms, Toni Rolle with baby Princess Tiana and Tomisina Simms, mother. (PHOTOS: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

The family of the late Anthwan ‘Offy’ Simms intend to keep his legacy alive through the Annual Back to School Bash, which Simms founded four years ago.

In that vein, ATIS Company Limited did just that this past Saturday, August 10 on Queens Highway, where children from throughout the island were treated to a day of fun and games. In addition, 700 backpacks inclusive of school items were prepared for the children in attendance.

Tiara Simms, daughter of the late Simms, shared with this daily the purpose behind the well-attended initiative. “Today we are hosting our Fourth Annual Back to School Bash. The purpose of the event is to give back to the children, to ensure that they have the necessary school supplies when school resumes.”

Simms added that each child present for the event would receive backpacks. Included in each backpack were books, pens, pencils, scissors, eraser and other necessities that every child will need for school.

According to Simms, 700 children will benefit from this year’s annual event.

“Seven hundred kids will benefit from this event. Since we have been doing this, we have always prepared 700 bags for the kids and so we decided to continue with that number,” she explained.

Simms noted that the event now continues in memory of her father, Anthwan ‘Offy’ Simms, who passed away back in January of last year. She added that it will continue to be an annual event, to keep his legacy alive.

“He started this four years ago downtown and now we have moved it here to Queens Highway.”

She added that the Queens Highway location will be the venue to host the event moving forward.

Cousin of the late Simms, Latrell Anderson, shared the various activities the children were engaged in during the Back to School Bash, which took place between noon and 6:00 p.m.

“This event actually gives the children an opportunity to bond, come out with their friends, have a good time and enjoy themselves. School is about to reopen soon, so this is just a chance for them to come out and have fun.

“Besides the backpacks we also have different activities for them to enjoy such as the bouncing castles, the slides, the hoopla table, bean bag toss, where they can win prizes. We also have sno cones, popcorn, cotton candy, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers.”

Anderson shared that if persons were unable to attend the event this year, he encourages all to participate next year.

Simms’ mother, Tomisina Simms was also present during the event. She stated that it was indeed a nice gesture for the family to continue the annual event in her son’s honour and was a wonderful way to keep his legacy alive.

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