The back to school countdown has
kicked-off in Lufkin with a bonanza, giving students everything they need
before heading back to the classroom.
"There's nothing little about it,
it's amazing, it's a one stop shop," said LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin
Saturday, the Lufkin Junior League
hosted their 3rd Annual Back to School Bonanza, the organization partnered with
various community organizations to help families in need.
Families were prescreened prior to the
event and 2,000 kids received health screenings, immunizations and school
supplies for no cost at all.
"She got her eye test and she got her
teeth checked," said Robert Anthony, parent.
"It's been a wonderful community
effort we've been able to go to other churches other organizations Angelina Pediatrics
and the Children's Clinic has donated all the immunizations for free,"
said Hilary Haglund Walker, Chair, Back to School Bonanza.
Officials say the bonanza is about
more than passing out school supplies but filling a need in the community.
"School supplies are going up
just like the cost of gas and groceries; everything is going up and that is
really hard on families," said Walker.
14-year-old Cameron Vanhemert came to
the bonanza with his mom and two siblings and says the event is making back to
school shopping easier on his family.
"It's cool because they can get
their school supplies and the parents don't have to pay for nothing," said
Cameron Vanhemert, 8th grade.
And officials say taking care of these
needs before the school gives families time to focus on what's most important,
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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