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Community members supply students with back-to-school necessities

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Many students are heading back to school this week and some in the Wichita community are helping them get back in the classroom with new supplies. 

One local church's focus was on the Wichita refugee community. 

The First Presbyterian Church on N. Broadway opened its doors Saturday morning looking to provide refugee children with their own backpacks and school supplies. 

More than 100 volunteers handed out over 250 backpacks. 

Organizers of the event say they want people to show support to the refugee community and let them know they are welcome. And one of the volunteers say this is her favorite day of the year. 

"Knowing that for those who have been here a few years that this is a positive thing for them and that it's helpful for them that's all  we want to do," said Stephanie Bird-Hutchinson, elder at First Presbyterian Church. 

Kids at Saturday's event were able to pick out all of their own supplies and backpacks. 

Multiple local organizations and churches teamed up with First Presbyterian to make Saturday's event happen. 

Another group put on a block party in east Wichita on Saturday. 

It was the third annual Back-to-School Block Party put on by the Down Two Earth Youth Restoration Project. 

Participants were able to take part in a charity basketball tournament, live performances, food vendors, moon walks and other fun games. People could also take advantage of free health screenings. 

All proceeds raised go toward their school drive, activities and events for grades K-12. 

And Sunday a Wichita barber shop is helping kids head back to school with a clean hair cut. 

Prime Time Barber Shop will host the event from 1-6:00 p.m. in the 700 block of W. 13th Street.

A fresh cut on the first day of school can make a huge impact on kids. The barbers at Prime Time say this is a way they can use their talents to give back to the community and help parents during a stressful time of the year. 


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