Community events pitch in for back to school children
As the majority of school children in Vance County prepare for a first day of school on Monday, their community is helping them in numerous ways.
Local churches and small businesses gave away backpacks, school supplies and haircuts on Saturday to children of all ages who are getting ready to return to class.
Geter Barber College on West Andrews Avenue in Henderson offered free haircuts to boys and girls all morning. Craig Geter, the manager and instructor, said there were families outside before he opened his shop.
The event was slated to start at 8:30 a.m., Geter said, but kids were lining up when he arrived an hour earlier.
“We got started at 7:45 a.m. because we had kids waiting at 7:30 a.m.,” Geter said Saturday afternoon.
He said this was the shop’s first event of this kind and it served more than 150 kids. At noon, with half an hour left, only a few chairs in the waiting area sat empty.
Geter, who opened the shop in January 2012, said the event gives back to the community, while helping Henderson residents who are looking for a career.
All of the 16 barber students who graduated from his program last year found work in barbershops, Geter said.
“If we didn’t have this event in order, that door wouldn’t be swinging the way it is and people wouldn’t be coming in just because its free,” Geter said.
Area churches provided school supplies, clothes and backpacks this weekend for kids gearing to go back to school.
Mt. Zion Christian Church and Reaching the Hearts of Women hosted a back to school giveaway during the morning at the Armory.
Greater Little Zion Holy United Church canvassed homes in Flint Hill Saturday afternoon with about 200 backpacks filled with school supplies. They finished the day’s event with a service at Shiloh Baptist Church.
A community cookout, sponsored by the Man Up Youth Development Program, is scheduled today from 2 to 6 p.m. and will give away free school supplies to the first 150 kids.
It will take place at the Progressive Faith Missionary Baptist Church parking lot.
Vance County Schools begin the new year Monday morning. Other schools in Vance County, including privates and charters, either have already or are about to begin their new years as well.
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