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July 23, 2005

Albany-- With the high cost of school supplies these days, an Albany church is helping to ease some of the burden.

First Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church hosted it's 3rd annual Back to School Festival. Families enjoyed a day of barbeque, games and a day full of fun. Through donations, the church was able to give away about 600 bags of school supplies for students Pre-K through college. It's the biggest year ever.

"We've had a record number this year. This is our third year and I know we've seen between 400 and 500 people this year including the parents and that really has me excited," says Director Lavonda Lakes.

Organizers hope it grows even more next year. The festival is part of the church's Community Outreach program.

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