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8/5/06-Mineola

Local Church Prepares Children For School

In just a couple of weeks, students will hit the books once again as the first day of school is upon us. Families are busy getting their children ready for the big day, but not every parent is able to provide their kids with the school supplies they need.  A local church is making sure every child is prepared this year with a Back To School Bash.

Clowns, face painting, slides, you name it and First United Methodist Church in Mineola had it Saturday morning.   It was fun for the whole family, but the churches main mission was to get every child ready for school.

"There's a lot of needy kids here and we kind of heard through the schools and the teachers, a lot of kids here in Mineola show up the first day with no school supplies at all," said event coordinator Tracy Hope. "I mean they have nothing, so that is kind of our plan. Help the community out, help the kids."  

The church gave the younger children a free backpack today filled with supplies.  "Crayons, glue, pencils and eraser," said 2nd grader Payton Mcalister.  

The older children also received supplies.  "I've got some pencils and some pens," said  7th grader Brandon Jackson. "I got some folders, notebook, and paper."

Tammy Stanford has four children starting school this year.   She says the event is a big help. "The cost of school supplies is just so much, and this is just wonderful," said Stanford.  "You know it's like 20 or 30 dollars per child, and with four going to school it's kind of hard."

Free haircuts and health screenings were also available. Some children also received immunizations. In the end every child left with a smile, and are now ready for the new school year.

This is the first year First United Methodist Church has held a back to school bash. The supplies given out today were donated by church members and sponsors in the community.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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