A program that started two years ago to help students prepare for school has returned and expanded to provide free school supplies, vouchers for free haircuts, and important information to school-age youth during a special local event.
The program, called “Operation PASS - Partners Advocating Student Success,” now includes the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and Faith Works Ministries, a non-denominational church heavily involved in community outreach.
This summer's event takes place from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, August 16, at Warnersville Recreation Center, 601 Doak St.
Representatives from local businesses, government agencies, religious institutions, and civic, youth, and nonprofit organizations will be on-hand to give school children and their parents a headstart to the upcoming academic year. The event is free and features health screenings, a hot dog lunch, games and activities for children, music, free school supplies, vouchers for haircuts at local barber shops and salons, and prize drawings.
Parents and children will also have the opportunity to meet their School Resource Officer.
“We always look for opportunities to mentor our city’s young people and prepare them for success,” said Lt. Pam McAdoo-Rogers, executive officer for the Greensboro Police Department’s Operational Support Division. “All of these organizations coming together for this event show our students that many people care about them and want them to do well, in school and in life.”
Anyone interested in contributing school supplies to Operation PASS may deposit items in drop boxes located at police stations throughout Greensboro and at Fire Station #1 at 1510 N. Church St. Police are asking for donations of notebooks, pens, pencils, binders, and folders now through August 12.
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