Adopt-a-Student Program: Backpacks, haircuts for returning students

Trent Lewis, left, gives North East elementary student Kaylee Rae a fresh haircut at Earle C Davis Elementary School, 50 E. Division St.

 The North East Lions Club distributed school supplies and clothing in conjunction with the Adopt-a-Student Program on Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Earle C. Davis Elementary School.

In coordination with Dr. Jennifer Ritter, principal of Earle C. Davis Elementary School, and Susan Travis, co-director of the Adopt-a-Student Program, the Lions Club provided school supplies and fresh haircuts for North East students returning on Sept. 1.

The Adopt-a-Student Program helps eliminate financial barriers for students so they can fully participate in school-sponsored programs, activities, or academic experiences.

Trent Lewis, a North East resident, volunteered his time to cut students’ hair at the event.

“I’m glad I can help out,” Lewis said.

Renee Triana, chair of the Lion’s Club Back to School Success Program, was pleased with the turnout for the event.

“I think it went really well. Everyone came together,” Triana said.

The Lions Club saw over 130 students sign up to receive a backpack and clothing for the new school year.

The organization received monetary donations from Barnhart Transportation, 9251 W. Main St., North East, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, local chapter.

“Usually we put that money back into the school, to get anything that the nurses need or school supplies for next year,” Triana said.

The North East Auto Gallery, 85 W. Main St., also made a donation of school supplies to the cause.

The event is planned to take place at the same location next year at the elementary school.

“We want kids to leave with a new bookbag and a fresh haircut just like everyone else,” Ritter said. “The students should have equal opportunities, and that’s what we’re here for.”

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