Organizations get Thomas county kids pumped for school
August 3, 2007
Thomasville-- With school looming, the end of summer can be a daunting time for children. That's why so many Thomas county organizations are teaming up with the schools, to try to get kids excited about the new year. "We just want, you know, all the students to feel prepared and just have all the tools," says Jo Ann McGrotha, Hands On Thomas County Director.
Volunteers are already filling bags full with all kinds of school supplies students will need to succeed in their studies. "Pencils and erasers and glue," says 8th grader Olivia Franklin. The list of freebies goes on and on.
But that's not all parents and kids can expect to get. Cosmetology students from Southwest Georgia Technical School will be on hand to give free haircuts so the students can have a new look for the new year. "We're having vendors set up, there will be health screenings. The school buses will be out here, they'll talk about bus safety," says McGrotha.
Kids must be accompanied by a parent, but while they're having loads of fun, there's lots of useful information for the parents. "We hope for a huge crowd of parents and children so they can see what's happening at their school and receive free information as well as free gifts we have to give them," says Greer Cox, Branch Director at the Butler-Mason YMCA.
But in the end, the day will be all about the kids. "We just want all the kids to feel like they're going to have a great start to the school year," says McGrotha.
Seventh grader Yudondria Reynolds says, "I'm looking forward to go back and seeing all my friends from last year." This blitz is just what they need to get them prepared for that first day back.
The back to school blitz is Saturday from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the Butler-Mason Y-M-C-A in Thomasville. But that's not the only activity. A Prayer Walk for schools will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. at First Baptist Church. There will also be a "Free" Yard Sale at First Newark Baptist with clothes, shoes, and other items available for free for students from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.