This Saturday, August 11th, more than 2,000 children whose families receive assistance from the El Paso County Department of Human Services will be given much of what they need to start off the school year at the Back to School Extravaganza. The event is organized by Mercy Springs, a nonprofit focused on bringing hope to the hurting. “We are thankful for the opportunity to love our neighbors,” said Kelly Wilkerson from Mercy Springs.
Each Child attending will receive a backpack filled with various school supplies as well as free dental and vision screenings from Academy Kids Dental, lunch and other refreshments from Jimmy John’s downtown location, Springs Rescue Mission and Breakfast Burritos from Michele Hopkins. There will also be a free carnival with bounce houses, games, face painters even a fire truck for kids to explore, and zumba classes for kids. “This is a wonderful example of the positive results that can be achieved when government, the faith based community, businesses and nonprofits work together,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark who also serves as the Liaison Commissioner to the Department of Human Services Advisory Commission. “The back to school season can be a stressful time and we are thankful for Mercy Springs stepping up to help make it a little easier for the families we serve.”
The media is invited to attend and capture what this event means to so many families in El Paso County.
What: Back to School Extravaganza
When: Saturday, August 11th 8:30am opening ceremonies, 9am doors open to families
Where: Springs Church (formerly the Phil Long Expo Center) 1515 Auto Mall Loop
Contact: Jennifer Brown
Public Information Officer
Phone: 444-5533 Cell: 238-4478