Groups offer students final back-to-school lift

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There are a handful of activities on tap this weekend – from practical to prayerful – to give Kilgore students one last boost before they head back to school Monday.

Today, Kilgore Men of Alliance is offering discounted back-to-school haircuts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kilgore Boys & Girls Club.

Cuts from barber Courtney Maddox are $5 per child for all school-age children, 5 years-old to 18. Basic haircuts, according to KMA’s announcement; no designs.

“We will also have volunteers painting nails for the girls for free,” the group noted in a release, offering basic painting.

For more information, contact Kilgore Men of Alliance President Victor Boyd at 903-576-5313 or Vice President Michael Moore at 903-576-4384. Learn more about the group by searching “Kilgore Men of Alliance” on Facebook.

Local churches are also wishing students ‘Godspeed’ as they had back to class.

Sunday morning, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church will hold two ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’ at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at 401 E. Main St.

Then, Sunday afternoon, First Baptist Church Pastor Glenn Young notes a prayer walk is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Aug. 19 outreach will include all Kilgore ISD campuses.

“We will try to end up at the middle school at 5 p.m. for group prayer."

For more information, call the church at 903-984-3531.

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