First Posted: 8/21/2009
LUMBERTON School-age children can find free haircuts and school supplies, food, and games at W.H. Knuckles Elementary School on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Precinct 5 representative John Cantey and the Masonic Golden Leaf Lodge 124 for two months have gathered money and in-kind donations for the citywide, back-to-school event. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies, with highs in the low 90s.
Cantey said he has received $5,150 in donations, in-kind services, and from city discretionary funds enough to assist 1,000 families, about half as many as organizers had hoped to help. Cantey expressed disappointment that Commissioner Jerry Stephens, whom Cantey said had promised $1,000 of county discretionary money, had not delivered on that promise.
Stephens, when contacted this morning, said he did not remember making the $1,000 pledge. He did say he would attend and support the event on Saturday.
Well be a success with all the contributors and all the people who have chipped in with money, merchandise, and food, Cantey said. But we know if we help 1,000 families, theres still 1,000 families out there we cant help.
There will plenty of fun activities during the day: Exhibits from the Lumberton Police and Fire departments, Sheriffs Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Robeson County Health Department and the state parks will be on display, and there will be a basketball tournament, pony rides, car and bike shows and a Little Miss/Junior Miss Pageant.
Several sororities, fraternities, and 4-H groups have promised volunteers for the event.
Anyone wanting a haircut is asked to show up at the school at 8 a.m. two hours before the event officially gets underway.
Donations have been a little slow thanks to the economic downturn, but God has blessed us with lots of volunteers and merchandise, Cantey said. This will be a big day of cooking hot dogs and having a great time.
Were looking toward a great day, and its all for the kids. Its not too late to donate time or money we want to assist every child we can.
Organizers also plan a friends and family prayer gathering for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at McCormick Chapel at 215 Main St., with Rev. Judy Johnson and a special guest speaker.
This will be a day of festivities and unity knocking down our boundary lines to come together in fellowship and praise for our kids, Cantey said.
The Public Schools of Robeson County begins classes on Tuesday.
Box: Free haircuts begin at 8 a.m. at W.H. Knuckles Elementary School, and organizers ask those who plan to be sheared to show up early. The rest of the event will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers also plan a prayer gathering at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at McCormick Chapel at 215 Main St.