NASHVILLE, Tenn.- This is
the last weekend of summer break for Metropolitan Nashville Public School
students, and with the start of school comes an added expense for parents.
Saturday, a local church
helped ease the burden with some free school supplies and a little fun with their back-to-school festival at McFerrin Park in East Nashville. Members
of Ray of Hope Community Church say their community is plagued by low literacy
rates, and events like this not only uplift, but support the area.
"We just want
children to be able to walk into the school on the first day and feel very proud
that they have their backpack; they have paper; they have pencils and can walk
in ready to learn," said Metro School Counselor Mitzi
The congregation passed
out 300 backpacks Saturday. Metropolitan Nashville Public School students go back to
class Wednesday, August 1st.