Give-A-Kid-A-Chance was designed for school-aged children currently facing a hardship situation in their family life. The program allows qualifying children to receive medical check-ups, haircuts and school supplies at no cost.
According to program organizer Sabrina Teems, last year’s event drew 300 children, and this year, that number is expected to grow to 500.
Teems says that since the participation rate is expected to jump, community support is an important factor in making this year’s program a success.
She explained that people interested in helping a local child with back-to-school needs can donate money to the program. “Usually $20 will cover a child for supplies, but if they can’t donate that much, any amount will help,” said Teems.
Like last year, the event will be held at the Cedartown Church of God, located at 448 West Ave., though Teems said that the program is funded by local contributions, and not one specific church group.
Local hairsytlists will be on hand to trim hair and make sure children return to school feeling good about their self image.
Health Department employees will be giving ear and eye exams on site, and others will conduct dental exams.
Melindy Ely, head nurse at the Polk County Health Department said that nurses will conduct the medical exams and alert parents of potential problems. “If there is a failure on one of the exams, we will contact the parent and advise them on how to get the help their child needs, “ said Ely.
In addition to haircuts and check-ups, children who participate will be given bookbags, school supplies and new clothes.
Teems explained that in order for a child to participate in the program, the parent or guardian of that child must register in advance.
Registration will be held today through June 10, and again from June 15 through 17 and can be completed by calling 770-748-4720 and 770-748-8050.
Parents will not be allowed to pick up school supplies and clothing for their children this year, said Teems. Parent(s) must have the children in attendance with them.
For more information on the Give-A-Kid-A-Chance program, to volunteer or to sponsor a child, contact 706-232-1940.