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Uniontown to hand out school supplies

A great need will be filled Saturday in Uniontown.

Uniontown Mayor Jamaal Hunter said the city has partnered with the Perry County Commission and other entities to hand out $15,000 in school supplies during a giveaway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of city hall.

Hunter said he knows the giveaway is a chance for the city to ease the financial burden on parents as they prepare to send their children back to school.

“I think it’s great that we are able to provide this service to the community,” Hunter said. “It is so vital that we give every child a chance to go to school with all the supplies and clothing that they need.”

Hunter estimated the groups had purchased 600 backpacks to be given away during Saturday’s event.

“Each of these backpacks will be filled with all the basic necessities the kids will need throughout the school year,” Hunter said. “And along with the paper, pencils and ink pens, we will be giving away school uniforms and a free lunch.”

Hunter said there would also be games on site Saturday for children to play once they’ve enjoyed their free meal.

With an incredible amount of food and school supplies set to be given away Saturday, Hunter said he knows each pencil and backpack will make a difference in the rural community.

“I have no doubt we will be able to give all of these supplies away because there is so much need in this community,” Hunter said. “I know the children are obviously excited for the event, and parents are excited because this will allow them to save some money which they can spend on other things.”