Organizations and Volunteers Support Back to School Bash

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Students in Allen County are gearing up for the new school year with a little help from Smuckers, United Way, and several other businesses and volunteers.

Tonight, hundreds of students, along with their families, gathered at the Allen County Intermediate Center as part of United Way's 2014 "Day of Caring." This year marks the sixth anniversary of the bash and Principal, Shawn Holland, says he is impressed by the support.

"We have a great turn out tonight with community members who are volunteering their time and services to help our kids out and we have tons of kids here who are getting excited to come back to school. This is a great way to get them geared up," Principal Holland said.

More than 60 volunteers came together to offer 12 services free-of-charge to the students. Many of them waited in lines to receive haircuts, dental exams, and school supplies.

"This is just my third week at this school and in the short time, I've seen that this community really supports the schools and they turn out in groves any time there is such an event," Principal Holland said.

One event sponsor is the Dollar General Corporation. The Scottsville distribution plant donated several items to make sure the students are prepared for their first day.

"They are basic supplies. We gave notebooks, filler paper, glue, and pencils. All the things that the students and community might need, the Dollar General was certainly glad to be a part of donating those items," Senior Scottsville plant H.R. Manager, Carey Massey said.

Massey also says they were able to serve more than 100 students through tonight's bash.

"Our mission is serving others so we want to keep doing that every day, certainly here in our community. We think this provides a great foundation for the students here in Allen County to start off their school year," Massey said.

Parents say they look forward to this event every year.

"I think it's great they do this for the kids, just to let them come out, have fun and be a part of the community," parent, Mandy Carter said.

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