ALTON — The Alton Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Back to-School/Stay-in-School Program on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. in James Killion Park at Salu.
"We have again put together a terrific team of volunteers to assist in organizing the event,” said James Gray, president of the Alton Branch of the NAACP. “Our volunteers are a true cross-section of the Alton community.”
This year's event expects to provide school supplies to more than 1,000 students. In addition to school supplies, students are treated to a picnic luncheon and a motivational program geared at encouraging them to do their best in school and good attendance.
This year, the event will feature Annice Brave as the keynote speaker. Brave, a teacher at Alton High School, was the 2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Donations and company sponsorships are being accepted to support the event. Those interested in providing support can mail donations to the Alton NAACP, P.O. Box 1216, Alton, IL 62002 with checks made payable to the NAACP.
The Alton Branch of the NAACP is inviting students in need of supplies to attend the event. Free transportation to and from the event is being provided by Illinois Central Bus Co. Parents may call (618) 474-2600 for a list of the pick-up and drop-off points for students.