Churches make sure area youngsters are ready for class

Emily and Chance Herrera try to pick up noodles with spaghetti during games at the Back 2 School Jam on Lafayette Street between Elm and Dunklin Streets on Saturday.

Emily and Chance Herrera try to pick up noodles with spaghetti during games at the Back 2 School Jam on Lafayette Street between Elm and Dunklin Streets on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Seven-year-old Allen Young let his sister, just a year older, take a try at cutting his hair this summer.

A free haircut at Saturday’s Operation Backpack hosted by First Assembly of God Church, helped correct the results of that attempt before school resumes in a couple of weeks.

In total, First Assembly’s event will save hundreds of local families more than $4,000 in school supplies, backpacks and haircuts. Across town, seven churches joined together to offer a similar, cost-saving event.

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