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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Groveland, community groups providing free school supplies

back-to-school-logoAs the start of the new school year approaches, the city of Groveland and community groups are stepping up to provide free backpacks and supplies to families in need.

Back-to-School Backpack Outreach is scheduled for 10am Saturday, Aug. 3, at Hope International Church, 13806 State Road 33, a news release states. The outreach plan is geared toward children in grades kindergarten through eighth, but everyone is welcome to attend the free event, which will continue while supplies last. One backpack filled with supplies will be given to each child accompanied by an adult. Families also can enjoy music, free food, bounce houses, and more.

“I believe that every kid should start the school year off right,” Groveland Mayor Evelyn Wilson says in the release. “The partnership that we’ve put together with Hope International to host this event is a positive community engagement that is a win for everyone involved…anything to help our children in the community.”

Groveland Park and Recreation Director Mike Walker and Hope International Senior Pastor Dr. Tony McCoy, along with members of the South Lake Pastors Huddle, teamed up to ease the financial burden of buying school supplies.

“It’s something special when you can partner with your city to help impact the lives of young boys and girls within your community,” the pastor says in the release. “We are assisting them to achieve the necessary tools in their quest for education. I’m excited about the future possibilities of working with the city to bring hope to our surrounding areas by servicing the families of Groveland.”

Local vendors and businesses also have partnered with the city for the outreach event. Among the confirmed vendors are the YMCA, Center State Bank, Be Free Lake, and the Department of Health in Lake County. Select health screening tables also will be available. The Groveland Police and Fire departments will showcase their cars and firetrucks for the children.

For more information, contact Mike Walker at 352.557.5986 or