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Back To School Rallies Set For Saturday


As summer vacations wind down for Fayette County students, the YMCA of Central Kentucky is once again hosting a series of Back to School rallies across Lexington.

It’s a ritual some parents may enjoy, but for students the trip down the school supplies aisle signals the end of playtime and the start of homework and tests. Still, organizers with the YMCA say it doesn’t have to be a chore.

Saturday the organization will host 16 rallies in area neighborhoods – where families can peruse resource booths, chow down on snacks, and register to receive a free backpack, fully stocked with pencils, notebooks, and other necessities. Cliff Feltham says the demand fluctuates year to year.

"5,100 is how many we have supplied for the effort this year," he says. "We've had as high as 8,000. In years past, it's stayed at around 7,000."

Since the event’s inception, more than 35,000 children have received some assistance as they gear up for class.

See the full list of rally locations below:

Coolavin Park

Douglass Park

First Baptist Church Bracktown

Gainesway Center

Gardenside Christian Church

Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Green Acres Park

Imani Family Life Center

Lou Johnson Park

Marlboro Park

Russell Cave Church of Christ

Shiloh Baptist Church

Speigle Heights Park

Total Grace

Valley Park

Woodhill Park

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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