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Amerigroup helps Valdostans get ready for the school year

Deandrea Byrtsong Deandrea Byrtsong
Angela Woodson Angela Woodson

The line of parents and children waiting to get school supplies stretched across the front lawn at the Southside Recreation Center in Valdosta for most of the three hours that the supplies were being handed out Wednesday.

The event was part of the Atlanta based health group Amerigroup's annual effort to get kids whose parents are members of the health group ready to go back to school.

"We're giving a book bag with a notebook, crayons, pencil packs, all those essentials to get these kids back to school," explained Russel Guess, Amerigroup's Southwest Georgia Account Manager. 

Parents said the event makes the back to school rush much less stressful. "It really do. Besides clothes and shoes and other things, it really do help," said Deandrea Byrtsong, as she stood in line.

"Oh, it's all a big help," Angela Woodson responded after being asked how much getting the few school supplies meant to her as a parent.

Amerigroup also brought along a bus where parents could get their children's teeth checked for free.

"Yeah," said one child, excitedly, when asked if he was going to get his teeth checked.

As of Wednesday, Amerigroup was scheduled to make 10 more stops at various communities around the state through Mid-August.

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