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Micro Elementary school offers back-to-school backpacks, haircuts

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MICRO — Following the success of last year’s inaugural-back-to-school effort at Micro Elementary School called “Fresh Cuts and Fresh Starts,” the school is presenting the second edition of the event from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

Micro Elementary Principal T.J. Parrish said the purpose of last year’s reception was to kick off the school year with positive energy and community support.

“Our goal again will be to supply underprivileged youth the opportunity to receive a back-to-school haircut at no charge, a new clothing outfit and a new backpack full of school supplies,” said Parrish. “Last year we were able to serve approximately 150 students and their families. We are currently reaching out to our community partners who may be interested in supporting our event.”

Parrish said Micro Elementary School is always looking for ways to better serve the community and hopes this event is something that can benefit students each year.

“We were touched last year by the willingness of individuals, businesses and organizations to donate their time, materials and effort to support and sponsor the event and make our students feel special,” said Parrish.

“As Christians, we are supposed to serve, and this is an easy opportunity to help families out,” said Richie Willoughby of All-Star Barber Shop of Selma, one of several volunteers from last year. “We wanted to help the kids get off to a good start by giving them a nice haircut that will hopefully give them some confidence to begin the school year.”

There is no charge for Micro Elementary students and families to participate.

“To have a great year, you need a great beginning,” Parrish said, “and we feel this helps provide us with that.”