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Back-to-school events, supply drives

BATON ROUGE, LA (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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SUPPLY GIVEAWAYS

  • The St. John the Baptist Parish school supply giveaway will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at the St. John Community Center, located at 2900 Hwy. 51 in LaPlace. Free backpacks, school supplies, and hygiene kits will be given to the first 900 children. A parent or guardian must be present with the child(ren) to receive the supplies. In addition to the supplies, there will be free health screenings, haircuts, health and hygiene information, and refreshments. For more information, please contact Eliza Eugene at 985-359-9954.
  • The Pack the Sack supply giveaway will be held Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the MLK Community Center, located at 4000 Gus Young Ave. There will be hot dogs, a fun jump, and more. For more information, visit www.packthesack.com.
  • The local Verizon authorized retailer TCC will be giving away back packs in Zachary at 5635 Main St. on Sunday, July 23 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. 5635 Main St Zachary (same shopping center as the UPS and Smoothie King). One backpack per child and child must be present. While supplies last.
  • The Collaboration for a Cause school supply giveaway will be held Saturday, July 29 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the MLK Community Center, located at 4000 Gus Young Ave. There will be free school supplies, free food, guest speakers, and music by DJ Choppa. Donations and sponsors are still needed. For more information, call 225-931-8155.
  • The Fishing for Backpacks School Supply Event will be held Saturday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge, located at 4142 N Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge. 
  • The Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,  Inc., will host it's annual Back to School supply giveaway on Saturday,  July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Plaquemine Activity Center (COPAC).
  • The Cars for Kids Back 2 School Car Show and Supply Giveaway will be held Sunday, July 30 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, located at 9039 S St. Landry Ave. in Gonzales. Registration for the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with judging at 4 p.m. and the trophy presentation at 6 p.m. Backpacks and school supplies will be given away from 2 to 4 p.m. There will also be door prizes given away on the hour, every hour. Vehicle registration is $20 outside and $30 for inside.
  • It’s All About Us Trailride Association will be hosting its first annual Back to School Giveaway on Sunday, July 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Smith Ponderosa Grounds, located at 281 W Plain Port Hudson Rd. in Zachary. The event will have free food, music, and school supplies. Five free hair styles and haircuts will be provided. There will be a water slide onsite, but guests are encouraged to bring a towel. Kids must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, contact Cassandra Spurlock at 225-286-3112.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zachary committee is hosting its annual Back-to-School Supply Giveaway on Saturday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Zachary High School gym, located at 4100 Bronco Ln. There will also be entertainment, food, photo IDs, and fingerprinting. For more information, call 225-933-6431 or 225-202-1076.
  • Rock the Halls Livingston Parish School Uniform Drive will be held August 5. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to buy new uniforms can send the tax deductible donations to: 9270 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs, LA, 70726. Uniform donations can be dropped off at several locations. Click here for the list
  • Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, local volunteers and area businesses are teaming up again with ASSESS THE NEED to provide school supplies for students in Livingston Parish. Volunteers will be outside parish Walmart stores August 5-6, to collect monetary donations and supplies. Taylor said volunteers wearing ASSESS the NEED t-shirts will take donations for this year’s drive from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5-6 at the three Walmart stores in Livingston Parish - located in Denham Springs, Walker and Watson. He said volunteers will accept monetary and in-kind donations, although he noted that monetary donations allow organizers to purchase more supplies in bulk quantities. Donations also can also be mailed to Assess the Need, P. O. Box 1802, Denham Springs, Louisiana, 70727, given online at www.AssesstheNeed.com, or dropped off at the Livingston Parish Assessor’s office in the Town of Livingston during regular work hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • BRAVE will host an event on Saturday, August 12 at the Family and Youth Services Center on Government St. in Baton Rouge. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will be giving away backpacks and school supplies. 

EVENTS:

  • The New Gideon Baptist Church is holding a back to school heath and wellness expo on Saturday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at 2542 Balis Dr. The event will include dental care, blood pressure checks, find a family doctor, diabetes education, advanced care planning, finance management, mental health information, Alzheimer's and dementia information, dietician, home care, kids' IDs, and hearing tests. For more information call 225-926-4441.
  • New Covenant Christian Center, located at 6515 East Myrtle Ave. in Baker, is hosting the 2017 Community Health Fair & Mass Clothes Give-Away on Monday, Saturday, July 22 from 12 to 3 p.m. This is a free health and fitness fair. There will be a blood drive, clothing giveaway, door prizes, free lunch while supplies last, and back packs with school supplies. For questions about the fair and volunteer opportunities, call Ms. Bell at 225-317-0625. For the clothing giveaway, contact Ms. Williams at 337-343-0999.
  • Jess’ Bra Closet is holding its 6th annual Back to School event on Sunday, July 23. The event is for females only ages K-12. It will be held at the Goodwood Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be gift bags, door prizes and refreshments. For more information call (225) 421-9635. 
  • Bodystyle Personal Fitness and the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Wellness Initiative is hosting a Back to School Children's Wellness Day on Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bodystyle Personal Fitness Wellness Facility, located at 11137 Muriel Ave. Children entering the 2017-18 school year can receive free health, dental, hearing, and vision screenings at the event. There will also be entertainment, food, and giveaways available. For more info, visit www.healthykidshealthyfamiliesLA.com.
  • Back to School Bash at Ragusa's Deli at 6525 Greenwell Street in Baton Rouge on Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be school supplies, uniforms, performances, food, games, and more.

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