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Churches make sure area youngsters are ready for class

Churches make sure area youngsters are ready for class

August 5th, 2012 in News

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.