Backpack to School event offers free services to students

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT)- It's almost back to school time for most Region 8 kids. Parents in the Pocahontas community were able to get free school supplies for their kids Saturday at the Backpack to School event.  

It was a one stop shop for parents. Kids were able to get everything from a new backpack to a haircut. And the best part was it did not cost a thing.

"She was able to get a backpack full of supplies, if she wanted a haircut, she could have gotten a haircut, her eyes checked and many more things," said parent, Teresa Powers.

The event offers services such as: fingerprinting, vision checkup, haircuts, lice check, and school supplies.Powers was one of many parents at Saturday's event and said being able to get free supplies for her daughter has helped her out a lot.

"We decided to come because I have lost my job and we didn't have money for school supplies this year and this helps out a whole lot," Powers said.

She said there are a lot of parents in the community who are struggling to buy these supplies for their kids.

"People that doesn't have the needs to get school supplies so we are very excited for this and for the community," she said.

Raul Blasini started the Backpack to School event three years ago to help ease the financial burden of going back to school.

"I noticed in the community we have a lot of people with low income and we try to help those people with low income and it's amazing how sometimes we don't see what's going on," Blasini said.

He said he's had many parents thank him for making it easier to send their kids back to school. One parent says she is thankful for the many volunteers who came out to help.

"I want to tell everybody thank you for donating their time to come up here and help and all the stuff that they've donated to help out these children because there are a lot of people out here who need it., " said parent, Dallas Carlile.

Kids could also register to win a free bike.

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