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3,000 students to benefit from back-to-school blast
3,000 students to benefit from back-to-school blast

CHEROKEE CO., Ga. -- Nearly 3,000 children have pre-registered for this year's Give a Kid a Chance back-to-school blast.

Give a Kid a Chance is an outreach program that, with the help of more than 400 volunteers, provides filled backpacks, haircuts, new clothes and medical screenings to Cherokee County students in need.

"We want to make sure each student has everything he or she needs to have a successful school year," said Cheryl Ruffer, co-founder of Give a Kid a Chance. "A good education and self-esteem will go a long way to help these kids break the cycle of poverty and build a successful future for themselves and their families."

This year's back-to-school blast will take place on Saturday, July 16 at two locations:

* First Baptist Church of Canton (1 Mission Point)

* Cherokee Recreation Center (7545 Main Street, Woodstock)

In addition at the Canton site, Soles4Souls contributed 328 pairs of shoes for kids who receive haircuts and Panda Express will serve 1,500 free meals.

The back-to-school blast will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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