BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Several events are planned for the weekend to help kids head back to school with a positive attitude and the necessary supplies.
The Baton Rouge Are Violence Elimination (BRAVE) is one of several groups sponsoring the CommUNITY Back-to-School Extravaganza on Saturday. It is a free day of fun to help students prepare to return to school. It will be held from 8 a.m. until noon at the Family and Youth Service Center on Government Street in Baton Rouge.
Backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out to the first 500 to pre-register online and complete activity stations at the event. There will also be door prizes, free snacks and more. State Rep. Pat Smith, Councilman Ronnie Edwards, Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis, Councilwoman Denise Marcelle, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel, Abisure, Inc., Project Ride and the Rouge Collection also helped organize the event.
NBA free agent and former LSU basketball star Tyrus Thomas is hosting a back-to-school giveaway Saturday. It will be held from noon until 2 p.m. in the large meeting room of the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library in Baton Rouge. Thomas will provide uniforms, shoes and school supplies for 10 McKinley High students through his foundation, Just Show Up. He is partnering with his mother, Jessica Johnson, founder of Jess' Bra Closet. The store will provide free quality undergarments for the young women attending the event.
There will also be a "Back to School Bash" in Gonzales on Saturday where students can collect school supplies. Police Chief Sherman Jackson and businessman James Moore are partnering with Needy of Baton Rouge to host the event. Officials said Tim Arceneaux, the president of Needy of Baton Rouge, and his wife, Tracy, donated $2,500 in school supplies.
The event will be held at the Prairieville Fairgrounds on LA 929 in Gonzales from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. There will be inflatables and games for the children. Parents in true need of assistance are urged to bring their school supply list with them. Items will be handed out on a need and first come, first serve basis.
Residents must provide identification with an Ascension Parish address.