ALTON | The Alton Branch of the NAACP will host the 20th annual Back To School/Stay In School event.
The NAACP joins many other community organizations and the Alton School District in organizing the effort.
The event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, will provide free backpacks and school supplies to nearly 1,000 youth in K-12 grade levels. The event also features a variety of booths and a keynote address reminding participants of the importance of academics and staying in school. This year’s keynote address will be provided by Alton High graduate and current college student Erik’el Johnson.
The event will be on the grounds of James Killion Park at Salu on Washington Avenue in Alton. In addition to the supplies and program, students will receive a picnic luncheon. Free bus transportation is also provided to the event. Students must be present to receive school supplies.
Vendors may set up tables at the event for no cost by contacting James Gray or Kristie Baumgartner.
Donations are still needed to help support the event because it is anticipated that need will be extremely high this year due to the economy. Donations can be mailed to the NAACP office at P.O. Box 1216, Alton, IL 62002 or picked up by calling James Gray at (618) 304-7655.