Volunteers prepare for backpack to school

Volunteers prepare for backpack to school

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Volunteers in Randolph County spent Friday preparing for the Backpack to School program.

Backpack to School is a program that allows students to fill backpacks with donated school supplies for free.

The program is meant to help students and parents get the supplies they need without the financial strain school shopping can cause.

"We see the need of the student to put together the backpack and to help the families," program coordinator Raul Balsini said.

This is the 5th year for the program in Randolph County and it continues to grow each year.

The first year volunteers gave away 200 backpacks filled with supplies and this year volunteers expect to give away more than 600 filled backpacks.

The program has also added other services over the years.

This year students can also get free eye exams, vaccinations, fingerprints and haircuts.

Backpack to School will be held at the Westridge Church of Christ on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Students can also enter their names into a drawing for a bike giveaway.

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