BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) –  As East Baton Rouge Parish students prepare to head back to local classrooms on Monday, August 8, one organization used the weekend to make sure students would have everything they needed – including confidence.

At District Five’s ‘Back to School Giveaway,’ officials provided local children with free school supplies, uniforms, and even fresh haircuts.

Many of the adults who attended the event agreed that feeling confident goes a long way toward making sure every child can succeed.

“Me personally, I need this. Like it’s a blessing for me to be able to bring my kids out and enjoy this time and, you know, receive whatever it is they’re giving away because we need this,” said Jessica Norman a mother of three.

With a number of parents are doling out an additional thirty percent more this year’s school supplies and uniforms, some are noting that they have no choice but to cut back on certain school-related purchases.

Metro councilman, Darryl Hurst, wanted to make sure haircuts were not left behind.

“We want you to be able to go there, we want to have a great start to your school year because you look good, feel good, learn good, and a haircut… is part of feeling good as they go into the classroom to feel confident on their first day,” said Daryl Hurst, councilman for district five.

A barber in the community, Mr. Grip, for Hip Hop Barbershop, agreed with Councilman Hurst by saying, “Some can’t afford it but haircut make you feel good. You know, you look good. Feel good.”

Hurst said his goal is to ensure no child goes to school worrying about being bullied or feeling less confident.

According to math and reading help, a nonprofit that studies kids’ learning skills, confidence helps children score higher in math, reading, and other school subjects.

‘We serving about five hundred families,” Hurst said.

One child told BRProud that his haircut makes him feel like he can achieve anything. “It feels fresh, lightheaded,” the student at Belaire High School stated.

The event also included a bounce house, live music, and local artists who encouraged the young attendees to stay in school.