Tuesday, July 21, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – In an effort to prepare children for the upcoming school year, local organizations are partnering to provide free school supplies for school-aged children this weekend.
On Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Officials are partnering with Eliza Eugene, Blessed to be a Blessing and title Sponsor, Marathon Petroleum, to host the annual Backpack Extravaganza and School Supply Giveaway for local children in anticipation of the upcoming school year. The event will take place at REGALA Gym, 200 Regala Park Dr. in Reserve.
Free backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits will be available to the first 500 children. Registering for the event in advance is not necessary; however, a parent or guardian must be present with the child to receive supplies. In addition to school supplies, free health screenings, hygiene and health information, free dental kits and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Sheryl Gaines at 985-359-9954.
The West St. John Community Action Panel will also be celebrating education, employment and empowerment at their 2nd Annual West St. John Festival later that day from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at West St. John High School in Edgard. School supplies will also be given to area youth. Food, drinks, face painting, career presentations and more will be featured. The free event will honor Dr. Henry Yale Harris, renowned educator, pioneer and social activist. The public is invited to attend.