Back to school extravaganza proves successful for CommUNITY

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Baton Rouge volunteers prepared hundreds of students for the new school year Saturday.

The family and youth service center hosted a back-to-school giveaway at its Government street headquarters.

“[There was] a great turn out today for kids to come and have a great time,” State Representative Patricia Smith said.

The donated items include pencils, notebooks and backpacks.

“We need to make sure that when [children] go to school they have all the resources that they need to participate in their educational journey,” Smith said. “We’re pleased to be able to do this for our kids so that they’re ready when they go back to school on the first say.” 

Kids weren’t the only ones getting the help. Volunteers made parents a priority, too.

“We’re giving emergency information, doctors, homeless shelters, housing programs, anything to get the families ready for this school year and have them prepared for everything coming,” Tanisha Winfrey, Vice President of Greater Baton Rouge Associate of Black social workers, said. 

Jada Thomas-Smith, President of Greater Baton Rouge Associate of Black social workers, said “we’re all about empowerment and education and enlightenment of our community and we feel good being out here today.”   

This marks the seventh year the youth service center hosted this back-to-school event.

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