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Headed Back to School

The start of the school year is right around the corner. Make sure your children are prepared and have all the school supplies they need. Photo by Josiah Weiss on Unsplash

The start of the school year is right around the corner. Make sure your children are prepared and have all the school supplies they need. Photo by Josiah Weiss on Unsplash

Real Deal Back to School Giveaway

Jeremiah Carver, chief executive officer of Real Deal Security in Jackson, is hosting his company's eighth-annual back-to-school giveaway on Sunday, July 28, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Legends Barber Shop (2602 Medgar Evers Blvd.).

During the event, Legends will provide free haircuts, and Carver will give away free school supplies and backpacks, including customizable backpacks that children can have specific designs printed on.

The giveaway will also have free hotdogs and hamburgers, face painting, space jumps, an obstacle course, live music from DJ Sinatra and more.

For more information, call 601-862-2780 or find the event on Facebook.

Back 2 School $1,000 
Shopping Spree Giveaway

Northpark (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) is hosting a $1,000 back-to-school giveaway raffle now through Aug. 1. To enter the raffle, a participant must spend at least $100 with select retailers at the mall and bring their receipt to the Northpark management 
office during normal business hours. The retailers are H&M, Journeys, Windsor, Hollister Co., LensCrafters, 
Yankee Candle, Buckle, Rack Room Shoes, Sunglass Hut, 
Victoria's Secret, Journey Kidz and Hot Topic.

Northpark will announce the winner on Aug. 1. For more information, call 601-863-2300 or find the event on Facebook.

City of Jackson Celebrating 
Our Scholars Back to School Event

The City of Jackson will host the "Celebrating Our Scholars" back to school event on Saturday, July 27, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event is free and open to all Jackson Public Schools students.

In addition to giving away free school supplies, the event will also have bounce houses, face painting, live music and more. Parents will also be able to meet with 
representatives of local tutoring, sports and after-school programs. JPS will also provide on-site registration at the event for children who were not registered for school before the July 12 deadline. For more information, call 601-960-1084 or find the event on Facebook.

GEO Back 2 School 2019

Generational Empowerment Organization, Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on mentoring, public speaking and education, will host its fourth-annual back-to-school event at New Solid Rock Christian Church (3011 Forest Ave. Ext.) on Sunday, Aug. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. The event will include free food, games and school supplies for all grade school children while supplies last.

GEO will also hold a raffle for five backpacks filled with school supplies. The entrance fee for the raffle is $1 per attendee at the event. For more information, visit 
changegeo.org, email [email protected] or find the event on Facebook.

Back to School Giveaway

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Hustle Harder Entertainment, Crazy Boy Entertainment and MISSISSIPPI Talent will host a back-to-school giveaway event at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will have free bookbags and school supplies. Ahead of the giveaway, attendees can pay $3 to enter a drawing for a laptop. For more information, find the event on Facebook or call 601-954-0352.

Word and Worship Back to School Blast

Word and Worship Church (6286 Hanging Moss Road) will give away free school supplies for students in grades K-12 from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 27, while supplies last. Children must be present to receive the school supplies. For more information, call 601-713-3597or find the event on Facebook.

Back 2 School Bash

Wright's Foundation for Better Communities, a Jackson-based nonprofit that partners with local 
businesses to host food drives and other events for people in need, will sponsor a "Back 2 School Bash" on Saturday, Aug. 3, to distribute school supplies to Jackson children. The event is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Perkins Center (1831 Robinson St.).

The event includes free haircuts and styling, live music, games for children, free food and more.

For more information, call 769-257-0073 or 601-608-8365, email [email protected] or find the event on Facebook.

Back to School Party

Metro Grace Community Church (3023 Highway 80 E., Pearl) will hold a back-to-school party on 
Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will include free hotdogs, drinks and snacks for students and their parents, as well as live music and games. For more information, call 601-939-2182 or find the event on Facebook.

Back2School Popup Shop

Online shoe retailer Daily Dose 
Shoetique will host a Back2School Popup Shop at 201Capitol (201 W. Capitol St. Suite, 100) on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include items from Daily Dose and other online retailers from Jackson, Hattiesburg and Laurel.

Daily Dose owner Marquitta Moore will also conduct a backpack giveaway at 5 p.m., in which she will give out 20 backpacks filled with school supplies for children. Visitors must register for the giveaway in advance by calling Moore at 601-319-5774 or emailing 
[email protected] The pop-up shop will also include a raffle for one backpack that Ashley Nora, a 
Mississippi-born artist living in Indianapolis, hand-painted and that will contain products from vendors at the event.

For more information, find the event on Facebook.

Stuff the Bus for Boys & Girls Club 
at the Outlets of Mississippi

The Outlets of Mississippi (200 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl) is holding a "Stuff the Bus" campaign to 
support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi now through Monday, Aug. 5.

Customers who purchase school supplies at 
specific stores at the Outlets and drop them off as donations to BGCCM will have the chance to win a $250 gift card for the Outlets. Customers must be 18 or older to enter the raffle.

Participating stores will have special window decals on display throughout the event. Customers can donate items at the visitor services center across from the Outlets food court during business hours.

The Stuff the Bus campaign will also coincide with the upcoming tax-free shopping weekend Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27. For more information visit 
outletsofms.com or find the event on Facebook.

Dog Gone Dition Festival

Randy "Wildman Brown" Adams and Janice "Miz Wild" Adams will host the ninth annual Dog Gone Dition Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Washington Street between Hill Street and Jones Avenue.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade starring the the Jim Hill Tigers marching band and the Isable Elementary School cheerleader squad. The parade will begin on Dalton Street and end on Hill Street.

At noon, event organizers will block off Hill Street and Washington Street for the duration of the festival. The Adams' will give away free school supplies to visitors throughout the day.

The festival will also have space jumps and water slides, free food from The Outdoor Grill & Catering Man and Al's Bail Bonds Co., live music by Nathaniel Kimble, Angel Faye Russell, Little Miss Soul, Handyman and other artists, gospel performances from evangelist Mary Echols, Rev. Joe A. Washington and Tony "The Bible in the Flesh" Williams, and more.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can bring tents, lawn chairs and coolers, but grills and dogs are prohibited. For more information, call 601-664-8468 or find the event on Facebook.

Carnival Backpack Drive

Goddess Lengths Virgin Hair Bar and M-Bar Sports Grill in Jackson are partnering to host the fourth annual Carnival back to school backpack drive on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive).

During the event, Goddess Lengths and M-Bar will give out 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. Carnival will also include a petting zoo, free haircuts, space jumps, face painting, train rides, pedicures and manicures, hamburgers and hot dogs, a crawfish boil and more.

Carnival will also feature performances from the Callaway High School marching band, Precision Dolls dance group, Jigga Mississippi, Big Fella Zil and more.

The event is free and open to the public. Adults must accompany any children present. For more information, call 601-408-7526 or find the event on Facebook.

School Supplies Added to 
Mississippi Tax-Free Weekend

Mississippi's annual sales-tax holiday will take place from July 26-27. During the tax-free weekend, 
Mississippians will be able to purchase clothing and footwear valued at under $100 without the 7% state sales tax.

For 2019, the state Legislature has also added school supplies to the list of tax-free items for the first time. Sen. Chuck Younger co-authored the bill that would add school supplies to the list. It passed in the 2018 legislative session.

The Mississippi Department of Revenue website has a description of items that are eligible for the 
two-day tax break.

School Supply Lists

Know what your child needs for the school year? Here are the list of supplies for grades K-5 from Jackson Public Schools' website.

Kindergarten

Crayons (package of eight large and 16 regular)

Washable markers

Hand sanitizer

8-ounce school glue

Glue sticks

12-inch-by-18-inch Manila paper

Scissors (blunt, Fiskars preferred)

Primary pencils

Six-line manuscript tablets

Two pocket folders

Change of clothing (in a plastic bag, labeled with child's name)

First Grade

24-count package of crayons

Washable markers

8-ounce school glue

Glue sticks

Hand sanitizer

12-inch-by-18-inch Manila paper

Scissors (blunt, Fiskars preferred)

No. 2 pencils

Eight-line manuscript tablets

Erasers (Pink Pearl or Artgum)

Six pocket folders (assorted colors)

12-inch plastic ruler (needs to have lines indicating 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch markings)

Second Grade

24-count package of crayons

Washable markers

Colored pencils

Hand sanitizer

8-ounce school glue

Glue sticks

12-inch-by-18-inch Manila paper

Scissors (Fiskars preferred)

No. 2 pencils

Wide-ruled notebook paper

Two spiral-bound notebooks or composition tablets (wide-ruled, standard paper size)

Erasers (Pink Pearl or Artgum)

Six pocket folders (assorted colors)

12-inch plastic ruler (needs to have lines indicating 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch markings)

Third grade

48-count package of crayons

Washable markers

Colored pencils

8-ounce school glue

Glue sticks

Hand sanitizer

12-inch-by-18-inch Manila paper

Scissors (Fiskars preferred)

No. 2 pencils

Wide-ruled notebook paper

Four spiral-bound notebooks or composition tablets (wide-ruled, standard paper size)

Erasers (Pink Pearl or Artgum)

Six pocket folders (assorted colors)

12-inch plastic ruler (needs to have lines indicating 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch markings)

Fourth Grade

48-count package of crayons

Washable markers

Colored pencils

Hand sanitizer

8-ounce school glue

Glue sticks

12-inch-by-18-inch Manila paper

Scissors (Fiskars preferred)

No. 2 pencils

Wide-ruled notebook paper

Four spiral-bound notebooks or composition tablets (wide-ruled, standard paper size)

Erasers (Pink Pearl or Artgum)

Six pocket folders (assorted colors)

12-inch plastic ruler (needs to have lines indicating 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch markings)

Protractor

Fifth Grade

48-count package of crayons

Washable markers

Colored pencils

Hand sanitizer

8-ounce school glue

Glue sticks

12-inch-by-18-inch Manila paper

Scissors (Fiskars preferred)

No. 2 pencils

Wide-ruled notebook paper

Four spiral-bound notebooks or composition tablets (wide-ruled, standard paper size)

Erasers (Pink Pearl or Artgum)

Six pocket folders (assorted colors)

12-inch plastic ruler (needs to have lines indicating 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch markings

Protractor

Package of grid paper (1-centimeter square grids)

Need to know more about the school year? Visit jackson.k12.ms.us.

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