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Urban League helps students get new start to school year

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OKLAHOMA CITY—While you may be in a last minute rush to get all those needed school supplies for the start of the school year, the Urban League of Oklahoma City has been preparing for months.

Saturday, the group gave away 2,000 backpacks stuffed to the brim with supplies, providing everything a child needs to start school.

Gayle Berry, with the Urban League, said, “We’re dealing with families who are the working poor or they’re dealing with challenges of poverty. So it’s not always easy to be able to supply the school supplies that you need, the haircuts that you need.”

In addition to the backpacks, children were also treated to free haircuts and even health check-ups at the ‘Back to School Bash.’

Berry said, “Kids also need to be healthy going back to school and not everybody can afford running to the doctor to get their eyes checked, to get their dental screenings. So this is a way of us connecting them to their services in a one stop shop.”

Organizers say the event is designed to promote a healthy start to the school year.

The bash is in its 5th year with many parents depending on the event to get by.

Quakneesha White said, “Not everyone can afford school supplies at the beginning of the year. Some people’s  paychecks may come after school starts.”

The Urban League is making sure that doesn’t stop some students from having what they need come the first day of school.