Back to school drives, giveaways taking place this weekend

LAS VEGAS - Students head back to school in three weeks, and there is a tremendous need for school supplies.

Several back-to-school events will take place in the coming weeks to help provide those supplies, including three events this weekend. One of them is a supply drive. The two others are giveaways.

Andson's 3rd Annual Back2Class Bash takes place Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Goett Family Park.

The Andson Foundation is teaming with St. Rose Hospitals, the M Resort and community leaders and donors to provide hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies.

This will go to help the 150 Clark County students who live in poverty. Medical professionals will be on-hand to provide free health screenings, dental kits and immunization record information. Families can also enjoy food and games.

Parents can also obtain supplies at the Truth Christian Ministries International at 5101 N. Rainbow Boulevard on August 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event will provide backpacks, school supplies and health planning information.

If you would like to donate school items, you can go to the Veterans' Memorial Park in Boulder City on August 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The End of Summer Showcase is looking for donations for approximately 5,000 underprivileged students in Clark County.

Parents like Erica Ware know how expensive school supplies can get.

"It's a lot of money and, you know, my husband and I… we have a two-income household, and it's even difficult for us, which is why we haven't bought any yet," she said. "When I think about it, we've actually budgeted for our next pay period that, you know, we get right before school starts. So, you really have to plan for it these days."

Educator Marcus Howard says he spends hundreds of dollars every year on items such as pencils, markers and notebooks for his classroom.

The Clark County School District provides a limited number of school supplies. Howard says it's not enough. The middle school science teacher says his students enjoy experiments, but they can't always do them. They often have to share tools.

Howard says he makes the most of it.

"That's where being a teacher and being multi-faceted comes into play, because, you know, if you only have ten books, and you have thirty kids, well, you have to be adaptable as a teacher. You have to, you know, separate your class into work stations," he said.

Howard says he also received help from Teach for America. The organization helped provide classroom essentials for his students.


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