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Community groups plan school supply events

Church also offering haircuts, hygiene items

POSTED: July 22, 2013 12:10 a.m.

Families who need extra assistance in securing school supplies and other necessities have two options for relief this week.

First, Amerigroup Community Care is hosting a Back to School Jam Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Amerigroup representative Julio Rivera said that there will be several activities for the family, like safety exercises for the kids. For example, there will be time for students to practice school bus safety.

There will also be representatives from different organizations, including Medicaid, to answer questions and provide information to parents.

The event will be held at Longstreet Clinic, off of Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville.

“We are giving pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners. We’ll have some string backpacks,” Rivera said. “It depends, but we will have some basic school supplies there.”

Kids will have access to basic health screenings at the event. All community members are invited regardless of whether they are an Amerigroup member or not.

On July 27, Air Line Baptist Church will host a back-to-school drive at the Hall County Farm Bureau, 2405 Lighthouse Manor Drive.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We are doing book bags for all kids,” said event organizer Maggie Eterno. “The supplies that we have are, like, your basic supplies ... paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, glue sticks and scissors.”

Older students will also be provided hygienic items such as deodorant, soap and facial tissues.

Simple hair cuts will be offered. “Not anything crazy,” Eterno said. “Just a trim, basically. I think some of our guys are going to be there with clippers if they do want the shorter cut.”

The hair cuts will be provided by volunteers, with many of them having professional training.

The only caveat is that the students must be present at the event. Parents may not pick up supplies on their own.

This is the first school supply event the church is hosting, but Eterno hopes there is enough interest to warrant an annual event.

“Our goal is to serve 400 kids,” she said. “We’re thinking each family will have two or three kids.”

People may find out more information on volunteering or donating materials by calling the church at 770-534-5682.


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