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2018: Back-to-school events, supply drives

Students will be back in school before you know it (Source: WAFB) Students will be back in school before you know it (Source: WAFB)

The first day of school is right around the corner and many organizations are holding back-to-school events and supply drives to get everyone ready. 

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL UNIFORMS FOR KIDS: St. Vincent de Paul provides uniforms for kids in East Baton Rouge Parish in Head Start, pre-k, elementary, and middle schools, including charter schools. SDVP also provides assistance for kids in private schools on vouchers or scholarships. Appointments must be scheduled in person at the SVDP Thrift Store, located at 2655 Plank Rd., from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday until all appointments are filled. Be sure to bring the following items/documents:

  • Picture ID
  • Social Security card and child(ren)'s Social Security card
  • Proof of income (current food stamp letter, check stub, disability letter, etc.)
  • Copy of voucher or scholarship letter (for children in private schools)
  • Report cards for children 13 and older or letter from child's school with grade for 2018-19 school year
  • Birth certificates for Head Start children (child must be 3 by September 30)

SVDP does not provide uniforms with school logos. They give out the following color uniforms:

  • Shirts
    • Burgundy
    • Navy
    • Red
    • White
    • Forest green
  • Bottoms
    • Navy
    • Khaki

FROM OUR UNIFORMS TO YOURS: The Walker Police Department's annual From Our Uniforms to Yours drive is underway. Collection barrels are located at the Walker Quick & Handy Cleaners, Stine Lumber, Los Sombreros Restaurant, Shopper's Value, Carter's Supermarket, Walker Baptist Church, and the Walker Police Department. The department is collecting old school uniforms to be donated to kids in need. Collected uniforms will be distributed to families with kids in Livingston Parish schools. Cash donations will also be accepted. Donate through PayPal. Uniforms will be distributed Friday, July 27 at the Walker Baptist Church Fellowship Hall beginning at 8 a.m.

BACKPACK GIVEAWAY: Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers is giving away 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies to middle school students on Friday, August 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at its Government Street office. To receive a backpack, register online here by July 27. Don't wait! Supplies are limited. The event will also feature summer treats, music, and family activities. Click here for more about the event.

DR. MLK ZACHARY ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY: The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zachary committee will be hosting its annual Back to School Supply Giveaway event at the Zachary High School gymnasium on Saturday, August 4. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event itself will be from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided for students in grades K - College. Kindergarten students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will also be live entertainment, food, Photo IDs taken and fingerprinting. Everyone in attendance is asked to bring one canned good item.

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY: The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office will hold a back to school giveaway at Glen Oaks High at 6650 Cedar Grove Dr. on Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Click here for more. Children MUST be present to receive supplies.

COLLABORATION FOR A CAUSE: The school supply giveaway event will be held Sunday, August 5 at the MLK Community Center, located at 4000 Gus Young Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsors and donations are welcome. There will be free food at the event as well.


WALMART WELLNESS DAY: Walmart is kicking off the back-to-school season by offering free health screenings and services to children and their families. Walmart Wellness Day will be July 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pharmacists will also be available to talk to parents about health concerns and immunizations for their children in preparation for the upcoming school year. Click here to learn more.

SUMMER JAM: The Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge is presenting their Summer Jam event on Saturday, July 28 from 12 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Gus Young Community Park, located at 4200 Gus Young Ave. in Baton Rouge. The event features live entertainment, free health screenings, fun activities for kids, live DJ, school supply giveaways (while supplies last), and surprise guests. For more information, call 225-927-9810.

BACK 2 SCHOOL CELEBRATION: Iglesia Centro de Vida, a United Pentecostal Church International, is giving back to the community by donating 300 backpacks to the first 300 new guests who attend the event. There will also be games and fun activities, including a water slide for kids. Food from Latin American countries will also be served. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at the church, which is located at 13477 Pamela St. in Gonzales.

JESS' BRA CLOSET 7TH ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT: The event will be held Sunday, July 29 at JESS BraCloset, located at 6955 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge from 3 to 6 p.m. Females in grades K through 12th are invited to attend and will receive free undergarments, personal, and feminine hygiene products, along with some basic school supplies. There will be a motivational speaker, door prizes, and light refreshments. JESS BraCloset takes donations year round. Click here to donate.

BACKING OUR YOUTH 2018 EMPOWERMENT DAY: The Louisiana Youth Connect is hosting a free Back-to-School event called "Backing Our Youth Empowerment Day," on August 1. The event will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Independence Park Library (7711 Goodwood Boulevard). Free HIV/AIDS testing, empowerment speakers, scholarships, health screenings and more will be provided at the event. Youth attendees up to age 22 must register for the event in order to receive school supplies. Scholarship submissions are due July 27. To learn more about the event, and how to register your child, visit the organization's Eventbrite page.

10TH ANNUAL DISTRICT 6 BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA: Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis, in partnership with Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC), New Hope Baptist Church, Star Hill Church, and Professional Athletes Supporting Students (PASS), is hosting the event on Saturday, August 4 at the BRCC Wellness Center, located at 201 Community College Dr. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event includes food, school supplies, education on safety, and ID badges for kids. The child MUST be present to receive school supplies.

BACK 2 SCHOOL HYGIENE GIVEAWAY: Personal hygiene supplies will be given away at the event, which is schedule for Sunday, August 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the MLK Community Center, located at 4000 Gus Young Ave.

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