It’s that time of year again where families are gathering all required materials for the start of the new school year. This year, the City of Groveland will be partnering with local community leaders and organizations for a free special event, to provide backpacks and school supplies to families in the community. The event will take place at Hope International Church on Saturday, August 3, at 10:00 am while supplies last – everyone is welcome! The outreach is geared for children grades Kindergarten through Eighth grade, and will be a community bonding experience where families can enjoy music, free food, bounce houses and more.

“I believe that every kid should start the school year off right,” said Groveland Mayor Evelyn Wilson. “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’s Park and Recreation Director Mike Walker and Hope International Church’s Senior Pastor Dr. Tony McCoy, along with members of the South Lake Pastor’s Huddle, teamed together to ease the financial burden on families requiring back to school supplies for their children. “It’s something special when you can partner with your city to help impact the lives of young boys and girls within your community,” said Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony McCoy. “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 have also teamed with the City for the outreach event. Confirmed vendors include but aren’t limited to, the YMCA, Center State Bank, Be Free Lake, the Department of Health in Lake County and more. Select health screening tables will also be available for families who chose to receive informational material on the importance of long term wellbeing. Groveland’s very own Police and Fire Department will also be in attendance, showcasing their cars and fire trucks for the children. 

The “City with Natural Charm” believes in the importance of investing in children’s future. This event will allow the City to stand with the community and bring needed educational resources to its local families. 

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