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Rock Hill Schools
The Heart2Heart Foundation

Touching hearts. Saving lives.

A Fun Way to Get Ready for the New School Season

A special note from The Heart2Heart Foundation

We never imagined when we launched the Back2School Block Party in York County back in 2016 that it would grow as it has. We have met hundreds of families over the years, distributed thousands of book bags with school supplies and helped provide free health screenings for adults and youth alike. 

Keeping health and wellness as the foundation of our annual event has been a commitment from day one. We have been blessed to have so many community partners that share this same mission. In addition to helping families get ready for the new school year, one of our goals through the Back2School Block Party is to connect parents and guardians with the agencies and resources who can help them with the challenges they may have. It's one thing to give advice about what parents and students should do for a healthy and productive school year, but we felt like it was also our responsibility to make sure they know about the incredible organizations who are dedicated to this purpose!

That is one reason we are so excited about partnering with the Wellness and Community Health Institute at Clinton College. It is encouraging to meet others in the community who embrace our passion for better health and they will be such a wonderful addition to our planning team. We really appreciate them stepping in to host the Back2School Block Party on their campus!

While some of our signature programs span the Charlotte metro and, in fact, across the United States, we committed from the beginning to hosting one large event for families in our home community each year. Our Back2School Block Party not only helps give students a good start to the new school year but also gives us the opportunity to share our message of prevention and hope:  HEART HEALTH BEGINS IN CHILDHOOD!

If your child or grandchild attends school in York County, we encourage you to join us. Please note that any book bags not claimed at the event in August will be distributed to families in need through select partnering agencies.

On behalf of our planning team, our board and our volunteers, we look forward to seeing you all this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

From the heart,

2023 Back2School Block Party Team 
Learn more here

Beth Copley - Apple 

Sheila Caldwell - The Heart2Heart Foundation

Debbie Hayworth - The Heart2Heart Foundation

Deb King - The Heart2Heart Foundation 

Trina Ricks - EZ Lab Testing & The Heart2Heart Foundation

Judy Whitehair - The Heart2Heart Foundation

Amy Gonzalez - Winthrop University & The Heart2Heart Foundation

Shannon Pope Pohl - York Technical College & The Heart2Heart Foundation

Dr. Lafarah Frazier - WACH, Clintol College

Ronika Middleton - WACH, Clintol College

Serena Williams - Rock Hill School District 3 

Dr. Diana Smith - Rock Hill School District 3 

Dr. Keith Wilks - Rock Hill School District 3 

Letitia Lindsay - Healthy Blue South Carolina

Melody Clark - Healthy Blue South Carolina

Denisse Martinez - Healthy Blue South Carolina

Cindy Downing - Comporium Pioneers

Cindy Taubenkimel - ParentSmart

Nikkita Jackson - North Central Family Medical Center

Kathy Grier - Palmetto Community Health Care

Windy Cole - Rock Hill School District & Culture & Heritage Museums

Kasandra Bowden - Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures



Healthy Blue of South Carolina

Carolina Cardiology Associates



NAMI Piedmont Tri-County


Molina Health Care


Duke Energy

Family Trust Federal Credit Union

Founders Federal Credit Union

Williams & Fudge, Inc.


Dr. Harry Hicklin, III/ Palmetto Cardiology

Pearls of Service / Eta Alpha Omega AKA

York County Natural Gas

2023 In-kind Partners
coming soon
Media Partners

The Heart2Heart Foundation was the proud recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Partner Award from the Rock Hill School District for our work with the "FedUp" Campaign and 2016 Back2School Block Party.  Pictured here (left to right): Dr. Kelly Pew, Superintendent, Jim Vining, School Board Chair, Mildred Douglas, School Board Vice Chair with Sheila Caldwell (center) President/Founder of The Heart2Heart Foundation.

Community Partner Agencies

The following agencies will receive book bags with school supplies and Parent Resource Guides to bless the families they serve!

A Place for Hope

Affinity Health Center

Community Medicine Foundation

ESOL Welcome Center

Family Connections

Historic Paradise Foundation

H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Progress through Education)

Palmetto Community Health Care


Rock Hill Boxing Club

Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation

Sanctuary of Life Outreach Center

The Body ~ A Church for Anybody

The Life House Women's Shelter

The Salvation Army

South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice

York County Library

Applications are now closed for 2022.

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