Back to School Bash

School supply drive brings in enough to help more than 100 needy kids when classes get under way

By Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug 5, 2007 - When the Back to School Bash is held at Pacific Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, more than 100 children will go home with a backpack full of new supplies for the upcoming school year.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Heroines of Jericho member Robbin Vaughn and Keiana Vaughn sort through the many items donated to the school supply drive sponsored by the Heroines of Jericho Court 490, Columbia Lodge 81 and the local probation department. The supplies will be distributed to more than 100 registered needy children during the Back to School Bash to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 in Pacific Park. 

The  bash and supplies are courtesy of those who have donated money and various items to the Heroines of Jericho, Columbia Lodge, and the 8th Judicial District Community Service C Dept.

�We had no idea how many there would be to sign up, and are really proud of the way the community and business have helped make it a success,� said Robbin Vaughn with Heroines of Jericho. "We have a really good selection. Thanks to everyone, each child who applied will receive the supplies for their age group and a backpack to carry to school."

In order to qualify for the school supplies, children first had to be entering grades pre-kindergaten through eighth grade. Their parents then were required to register through 2-1-1 at the CAN Help building at 525 Church St. Children in families receiving Medicaid, food stamps or TANF were eligible to apply throughout the month of July.

The adult probation department made a sizable donation to get the fund for school supplies going. When those funds and other private donations were used up, the Heroines of Jericho approached local businesses for donations. They then were able to purchase backpacks and finish filling the list for supplies for more than 100 children

In addition to donations for the school supplies, some businesses have donated door prizes to be given out during the Back to School Bash in the Park Saturday, Aug. 11.

Donations are still being accepted for door prizes. Organizers hope to have enough money donated to give away a number of $50 gift cards as door prizes to some of the children. Contact Vaughn at 903-885-8041, ext. 244, to donate.

�We want to thank everybody. Every dollar will help a family in need,� Vaughn said.

While all of the school supply beneficiaries are encouraged to stay for the bash in the park, the free event is open to the community. Children and parents are welcome to take advantage of the free hot dogs and drinks, and enjoy the bounce house and water park.

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