KANSAS CITY

Two free back-to-school giveaway events will be held on Sat., Aug. 3, in Kansas City. They will feature free backpacks, food, games, free uniform t-shirts, immunizations, sports physicals, enrollment and food and other school supplies while supplies last.

From noon to 5 p.m. one giveaway will be at Rockhurst Community Center, 5401 Troost. Presented by Activate Your Evolution, Visit activatekc.org for more info.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. another giveaway will be at 2901 Troost. Presented by Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation and Hot 103 JAMZ, Entertainment will include live music, dance groups, soccer, football and basketball. Pre-register at www.KCPublicSchools.org/Summerfest.

KANSAS CITY

Two free back-to-school giveaway events will be held on Sat., Aug. 3, in Kansas City. They will feature free backpacks, food, games, free uniform t-shirts, immunizations, sports physicals, enrollment and food and other school supplies while supplies last.

From noon to 5 p.m. one giveaway will be at Rockhurst Community Center, 5401 Troost. Presented by Activate Your Evolution, Visit activatekc.org for more info.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. another giveaway will be at 2901 Troost. Presented by Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation and Hot 103 JAMZ, Entertainment will include live music, dance groups, soccer, football and basketball. Pre-register at www.KCPublicSchools.org/Summerfest.

WICHITA

With back-to-school for USD 259 students about a month away, parents are probably wishing it could come sooner, except when they consider the associated cost. Getting children ready for the school year can be expensive, and a particular hardship on some parents. The costs for school supplies, uniforms, immunizations, physicals and back packs can break an already tight budget.

That’s why a growing number of community organizations are sponsoring back-to-school giveaways, to help some families start the new school year on the right foot.

Here are the details on the Wichita area back-to-school programs we’re aware of. If we learn about more, we’ll post them on our Facebook page and on our website at www.CommunityVoiceKS.com.

Back to School Carnival

July 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sponsored by HealthCore Clinic, 2707 E. 21st St., Wichita.

Fun kids activities, prizes and snacks, and community resource booths. On July 13, Healthcore will offer $15 sports physical. You must call 316-691-0249 to schedule a sports physical.

Convoy of Hope

July 20, 10 a.m. – till

Convoy of Hope is back this year at two Wichita locations:

Bethel Life Center, 3777 S. Meridian

McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13

Giveaways will include, groceries, backpacks (child must be present), and children’s shoes (child must be present). There will also be free haircuts, health services, sports physical and immunizations immunization record required). In addition, there will be a community services resource fair, job and career services, family portraits, and breast health services. Finally, enjoy lunch, live entertainment and a Kid’s Zone.

4th Annual Back2School Block Party

Aug. 11, 3-8 p.m.

LaunchPad Community Center, 1156 N Oliver, Wichita.

In addition to back packs and school supplies, this event will include free haircuts, nail painting, dental screening and informational workshops. Children can enjoy face painting, touch a fire truck, music from a DJ and live performers.

WICHITA – CONVOY OF HOPE

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR WICHITA SCHOOL GIVEAWAYS

Giveaways can be great, but the dollars have to come from somewhere. That’s why the team at Wichita’s LaunchPad Community Center are selling raffle tickets to raise funds for their Aug. 11 block party and their other efforts in the community.

They’re selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2015 Dodge Dart. Only 2,000 raffle tickets will be sold and you must be 18 years or older to enter. They car will be given away at 8 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 3. For ticket locations check www.ictlaunchpad.com. They will also be selling tickets on Sat., Aug. 3-8 p.m. at Taco Fest in Old Cow Town Wichita. For tickets or additional information, you can also contact Naquela Pack, volunteer & community impact manager, 316-519-2294.