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MCSD students receive free shoes, backpacks, haircuts

Hundreds of students at Stowell Elementary in Merced will be heading back to class in style, thanks to generous donations by local businesses and community groups.

The school hosted a “meet and greet” on Tuesday to give students and their parents a chance to say hello to their teachers and other staff members in hopes of preventing any first day jitters.

During the event, Costco employees handed out free backpacks, and Grace Community Church provided new shoes for the children.  Christopher Mora from C6 Blendz set up a barber chair in the multipurpose room to give the kids haircuts.

Families could also cool down with refreshing drinks and snow cones made by local vendors, and cheerleaders from El Capitan High School volunteered their time to help keep the event running smoothly.

Principal Dalinda Saich and Learning Director Richard Alvarado say they are extremely grateful to everyone who took part in Tuesday’s event, and they are looking forward to a great school year!

All of the district’s 14 elementary schools and 4 middle schools returned to session on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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