2013 Phoenix Tools 4 School Featured On Fox 10 News [Video]

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by Ani­ta Roman

PHOENIX – It’s that time of year when kids begin head­ing back to school. Sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions came togeth­er Sat­ur­day to help them get a great start with a school sup­ply give­away.

Thou­sands of val­ley fam­i­lies with school aged kids lined up out­side Lolo’s Chick­en and Waf­fles on Cen­tral near Buck­eye Sat­ur­day morn­ing, eager to receive free school sup­plies.

These kids are my god­chil­dren. They come from a fam­i­ly of eight and five of them are in school so this is help­ing out their mom tremen­dous­ly. She’s a young par­ent,” said August Tay­lor.

The give­away was a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between the Unstop­pable Divas, Sec­ond to None Motor­cy­cle Club and oth­ers who donat­ed items and time to make sure these stu­dents start their school year in a pos­i­tive way.

It’s very excit­ing so when you go in with new stuff, you have all your sup­plies, you don’t feel left out. Now you have a tool for your edu­ca­tion so that you feel you’re going to be on board with every­body else,” said Nanette Brown Jack­son, with Unstop­pable Divas.

Experts say the cost of school sup­plies is up this year from last year, about an aver­age of 7.3 per­cent. Free sup­plies offer par­ents who can’t afford the increase a huge relief.

Huge amount of stress on the par­ents when they’re unable to buy the school sup­plies they actu­al­ly need for the kids, but then they are able to pro­vide those sup­plies for the kids them­selves. Also has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to real­ly give those kids that atti­tude, get them ready and pre­pared to go to school…start out their school year with the right frame of mind,” said Dis­trict 8 Coun­cil­man Michael John­son.

John­son helped orga­nize the first ever Phoenix Tools 4 School event. More than 2,000 back­packs were giv­en away, along with free break­fast.

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