Back to school bash attracts thousands

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes

 

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — The line inside Marshall County High School looked more like a line at an amusement park but the people weren't waiting for a roller coaster - they were looking to get their hands on free school supplies.

 

 

"I got here at 6:45 this morning and there were already people in line," said Glenda Byers.

She's the coordinator for the Youth Service Center for Marshall County Schools and said the need for events like this great.

"This entire program started because teachers, 12 years ago, were saying their children were coming into the classroom unprepared for school," Byers said.

It's Tammy Nelson's first year at the back to school bash. As a mother of three, she said it's hard financially to buy all the supplies for her kids.

"It cost so much with school fees and school supplies and school clothes. I mean, it's really just important. It really is without any kind of outside help," said Nelson.

In addition to the back packs, students were given free eye and dental screenings as well as a free haircut. Tonya Poindexter's son Alex is sporting a new do.

"It's nice to be able to get a free haircut and get the school supplies and stuff because it is very expensive," she said.

Byers said the event has grown each year with more than a thousand students participating this year. It's a service she said that gives families the opportunity to not feel the pressures of spending thousands when the district is willing to hand out the supplies for free.

 

"That's the mission for this program is to give them the basic tools that they need for the school year," said Byers.

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