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.