CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The city of Carbondale is set to host its second annual "Back to School Bash" on August 1.
The free event will be held at the Eurma C. Hayes Center beginning at 1 p.m.
All students who participate will be provided with book bags, school supplies, free salon services, free dental cleanings, free school physicals, games, food and fun.
The event is designed "to help better equip students with the necessary tools and supplies needed to be successful in school," said Ryan Reed, event coordinator and adolescent counselor for The Women's Center.
"It's simple," said Reed. "More support means better teacher effectiveness in the classroom. Last year, we were able to fulfill that vision by providing 500 students across Southern Illinois with book bags and school supplies. This year our goal is to give away even more."
The event's theme is "Hate Won't Win," organizers say to show the community the importance of togetherness and helping bring change to the city as a whole.
They are also looking for volunteers to help set up for the event and to assist that afternoon.
If you're interested, you can contact Ryan Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.