Stigler’s annual Back to School Round Up benefits community members
Haskell County’s Back to School Round Up was a success as members of the community received free backpacks, haircuts, infor- mation and goodies.
The event was conduct- ed on Tuesday, July 30 at Kiamichi Technology Center in Stigler. It is presented annually by Haskell County Coalition, with the assistance of several community partners.
The round up is con- ducted to make sure that students’ immunizations are up-to-date and to pro- vide school supplies, ex- plained Royce Averson, Coalition chairman.
Several organizations presented booths at the event, offering information and free goodies to students and their parents or guardians.
Stylists from Curl Up & Dye provided free haircuts at the event.
Shared Blessings of McAlester provided free clothing in a truck outside of KTC. The program was started around five years ago to help give clothing to those in need. “We do the truck anytime anyone asks, but it definitely gets used the most during back to school,” said Joey Clark, Director of Operations at Shared Blessings.
Staff members from the Haskell County Health De- partment and Choctaw Na- tion Health Services were also available to make sure students’ immunizations were up to date.
“On behalf of our coalition I want to say ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers and partners who help with the Back to School Round- up,” said Alverson. “It’s a privilege for our coalition to do this year after year. The financial burden of purchasing school supplies is often overwhelming for the family budget. This event helps to ease that bur- den a little. It’s God’s work in my opinion.”
Photo 1: Backpacks lined the walls at the Back to School Round Up. Three hundred backpacks were given away at the event.
Photo 2: Shared Blessings parked in front of the KTC building. The mobile truck offered free clothing to event-goers.
Photo 3: Stylist Autumn Smith gives a haircut at the Round Up. Curl Up & Dye offered haircuts at the event on a first come, first served basis.
Staff report, Staff photos by Madison Davis