Back to School Bash
Laney Perrin, 6, fills her new backpack with school supplies Friday during the Back to School Bash at the Youth Services Center.

FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 31, 2013) -- Child, Youth & School Services hosted its annual Back to School Bash July 26 at the Youth Services Center.

Now in its eighth year, the event allows preK through high school students who are dependents of active-duty and retired service members and DoD civilians to take home a variety of free school supplies.

Tawanna Brown, director of Youth Education Support Services for CYSS, said more than 1,000 students walked away with backpacks, notebooks, crayons and more to prepare for a new school year. Sponsorships from five businesses and organizations helped to provide the items.

"It's a great opportunity to give back to the community and help our parents out before their kids go back to school," Brown said.

Staff Sgt. Eaphfrom Rice brought his daughter India, an incoming sixth-grader, to find a new backpack and supplies for her first year at Faith Middle School. Rice said the event offered a convenient head start for school shopping.

"It helps the community and me out tremendously," Rice said. "We don't have to go off post and find these items because they have them here for us already."

In addition to school supplies, students participated in games and activities while parents visited several information booths on site.

"(The parents) seem very appreciative; I've heard a lot of thank you's and every little bit helps," Brown said. "The bottom line is to help out when we can."

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