FREE school supplies in Lexington Aug.6, 2011

YMCA to host Back-to-School Rallies

The YMCA of Central Kentucky, in collaboration with 20 local neighborhoods, is hosting the sixth annual Ready, Set, Go! Lexington Neighborhood Back-to-School Rallies. The events on Saturday Aug. 6 will provide 8,000 elementary, middle and high school students with free backpacks and school supplies.

Each neighborhood site will distribute supplies for all grade levels and provide activities, resource booths, entertainment, food, speakers and fun!

Registration for the free supplies will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at each location, and backpacks will be distributed at noon. Students must be with a parent or guardian in order to receive supplies. All 8,000 backpacks are provided by EON U.S, the parent company of Kentucky Utilities.

The participating neighborhoods include Bracktown, Cardinal Valley, Carver, Castlewood, Coolivan, Duncan Park, Eastland Church of God, Gainesway, Gardenside Christian Church, Douglass Park, Imani, Arlington Irocka, Mary Todd, Pralltown, Radcliffe Marlboro, Spiegel Heights, William Wells Brown Community Center, Winburn and Woodhill.

For more information, call the United Way at 2-1-1 or LexCall at 3-1-1.

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Backpack supplies

Primary kit (K-grade 2) -- washable markers (set of 8), crayons (24 count), pocket folders, blunt-tip scissors, composition notebook, pencil top erasers, No. 2 pencils and glue sticks

Elementary kit (grades 3-5) -- No. 2 pencils, crayons (24 count), washable markers (set of 8), scissors, pocket folders, composition notebook, pencil top erasers, 1-inch binder and dividers with tabs for three-ring binder

Middle/high school kit -- No. 2 pencils, medium point blue pen, medium point black pen, highlighter with clip, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, 1-inch binder and dividers with tabs for three-ring binder

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