School supply drive in Douglass Park focuses on older students

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 4:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A community drive happening in Douglass Park next week aims to bring back-to-school necessities to area students.

Tuesday's "Back 2 School" supply drive will take place from 10 a.m. until "whenever we have supplies," organizer Almeta Crayton said.

The event has been happening for 12 years. But this year's drive has a slightly different focus.

"We're trying to get supplies for the bigger kids — junior high and high school kids. A lot of times people forget about them," Crayton said. "They are the ones at a greater risk for dropping out."

Crayton is asking doctors and nurse practitioners to volunteer at the event and offer sports physicals. Often, she said, students are unable to participate in sports because they can't afford the cost of the required physical.

Barbers or retired barbers are also encouraged to volunteer to give haircuts for the children.

Curtis "Boogieman" Soul will DJ the event. Crayton said she hopes the community comes out in force to donate materials.

If unable to make it on Tuesday, supplies can be dropped off at a different time at Crayton's home. She can be reached at 825-5263 for more information or to set up an appointment to drop off materials.

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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