Hundreds of Montgomery-area students received free school supplies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Crowds began gathering around 11 a.m. Saturday at Alabama State University. Within minutes, around 230 people left with backpacks.

This was part of the ASU Student Government Association back-to-school giveaway, in conjunction with Universal Connection. The bags contained pencils, paper, binders and more.

SGA President Jeremi Moore has seen firsthand the needs of the community.

“Being from the Montgomery area, you know, that’s such a request,” Moore said. “Even though we have given away so much material, there are still people we have not been able to serve just because of the overflow.”

The line of needy families stretched across a campus parking lot. It was an opportunity for students to help students.

“We know what it’s like to be a student, and to need things in our community, and we engage in our community, which is what we try to do as student leaders,” said said Aleah Robinson, Miss Alabama State University.

Also in the capital, the law firms Powell & Scott organized their first back-to-school competition.

Organizers said the turnout was simply “incredible”.

“We started at ten o’clock. At around 9:45 a.m. there was a line with probably around 150 people,” said Kia Scott, an attorney at Powell & Scott.

In addition to family fun, the first 50 children received a free haircut courtesy of Golden Shears and More.

Special Education Advocates said their passion was making sure students with disabilities were properly served and that was another way to give back.

“It takes us as a village to be able to help every child that is part of our community, and they are our future,” Scott added.

Montgomery Public School students return to school Aug. 9.

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