Two-Hour Wait for School Supplies

by Danielle Cotterman on August 13, 2011 at 6:13 am

Thousands came out to the Perry County Fairgrounds for the 2nd annual ‘Back to School Bash.’

Last year the Perry County Job and Family Services saw a need in the community as families struggled financially to send their children back to school prepared. More than 1,300 families waited in line – some for more than 2 hours- to receive a bag of new shoes, backpacks and hoodies.

"Anyone who needs a little help getting back to school we’re here to help them and encourage them here today." said Director Cheryle Boley. "We know that going back to school can be a stretch on any families budget."

Included in the days events were educational activities for both parents and children. Incoming 8th Grader at Lexington Middle School John Wite took advantage of getting a free back-to-school hair cut. Only a few short weeks away from the new school year Wite said he’s looking forward to it.

"I like to learn, I have a great teacher, and I enjoy being in school," said Wite.

The day was open to families 200% or more below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.