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ETX students receive back-to-school shopping spree


Let's face it; going back to school is expensive. Some just can't afford it, so Target and the Salvation Army are pitching in to help. Some deserving students had all their back to school needs taken care of. Of course, the kids did have to do their part: they had to shop.

Steven Flores is about to be a junior at John Tyler High School, and he's shopping with his buddy Duante Shead, who's going into eighth at Dogan Middle School.

"Target's helping out the Salvation Army with kids that are living in the Salvation Army and don't have that much. They're helping them out with school supplies, school clothes and stuff like that. Just giving back to the community," said Steven.

Target allows the Salvation Army-picked kids $81 each, so they keep a close eye on the total.

"Five packs of composition books for three dollars," Steven observed.

That's a deal, but the Spiderman back pack was rejected.

Some of the kids team up, and some have volunteers to lend a hand like Beverly Wheeler who's guiding Dequavion Long's preparation for ninth grade at John Tyler 

"It's lots of fun. He doesn't give me near as much flack as my 13-year-old son does," Beverly said.

There are unexpected challenges to overcome while shopping.

They maneuver away from trouble, carefully make their selections and head for the moment of truth: the cash register.

Steven ran into more trouble.

"I went over thirty cents," Steven admitted.

The Salvation Army bailed him out so he didn't have to put something back.

"Thank you. Thank you for what you did from all of us. It's great," said Duante.

So right now the kids are pretty much stress-free, at least until a few minutes before the first tests of the school year.

The Target School Spree has been taking place since 2009. They donated around a million dollars this year, and are pledging to give one billion dollars to education by the end of 2015.

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