Back to school without breaking the bank

Back-to-School fair for grades pre-k through high school on Saturday

Hundreds of people turned out for the 15th annual Back-to-School fair for grades pre-k through high school on Saturday.

The event was held at the First Baptist Church on North 8th Street in Quincy.

Families lined the sidewalk for blocks waiting to receive free backpacks filled with school supplies, haircuts, and new clothes and shoes for their children.

Various organizations, agencies and churches throughout the Quincy area donated items for the event.

The senior pastor at First Baptist Church said this event is vital to the community to help get kids ready for school; especially during these hard economic times.

"It's just wonderful to be able to do those things and be ready on time and have the kids able to study and concentrate on what their job is rather then having to worry about 'do I have enough pens, pencils and paper,'" Reverend Dr. Orville Jones Jr., Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church said.

Besides a backpack and clothing, children also could receive dental exams, immunizations and school physicals.

Everything needed for the start of the school year.