PEORIA, Ill., — Sunday evening Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School hosted a Back-to-School Bash for anyone around the community to attend.
Ahmad Bryant, a student at South Side Christian Academy, said this celebration made him excited for the school year.
“I want to do new things and I can’t wait to see our new teacher,” Bryant said.
The event was organized Relevant Faith Church and Resonate church. They provided food, tons of fun games and activities and even more than your average school supplies.
“A lot of people do backpacks and school supplies, and things like that, which is wonderful, but we wanted to do something a little bit different, be a little bit unique,” Relevant Faith Church lead pastor Mike Womer said.
Boys and girls received free hair cuts and multiple clothing items.
“It’s helpful for the family because some of those resources are hard for some of the families to get,” Dr. Maude A. Sanders principal, Dan Hiles said.
Alicia Garry of Peoria brought her grandchildren out to have fun, meet old and new friends as well as their teachers. She said free haircuts are beneficial to the community.
“A lot of families don’t have a lot of money and they can’t provide all of this different stuff for kids, especially haircuts because sometimes haircuts cost $20 people can’t even afford all of that,” Garry said.
“We just want them to be excited about going back to school, you know especially in a community like this that oftentimes doesn’t have a lot of the resources needed,” Womer said. We want to make sure that every kid who wants a haircut can go back to school with a fresh hair cut; they can go back to school with something simple like socks and underwear.”
The kids and their families were very grateful.
“I think that we should say thank you because some people don’t have clothes and some people don’t have money so they’re giving us some clothes for free,” Bryant said.
Now Principal Hiles is confident that students are ready to get back to the books.
“We want our students to be set up for success and events like this certainly set them up for success, so we’re excited about the start of the school year,” Hiles said.