Holy backpacks — getting ready for school may cost your family more than ever this year. But many local organizations, churches and businesses are stepping up to help by holding back-to-school supply drives and events.

Delivering Hope

 Delivering Hope, a local non-profit organization founded by Fenton resident Kristen Sobanski, started its School Supplies Drive this week. Bring your school supply donations into the Fenton Fire Department and Fenton Police Department now through Saturday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.

World of Wonder (WOW) Pop-up Adventure Play & Family

Resource Fair

 The Ellen Street Campus of World of Wonder Early Childhood Education in Fenton will hold its annual event celebrating children and helping families with back-to-school resources Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 This event is a coordinated effort among World of Wonder Director Linda Mora, F.A.R.R. (Fenton Area Resource & Referral) and Fenton Arts Council’s final Arts Are the Heart event of the summer season.

 F.A.R.R. will hold its Back2School Bash inside the gym, where free backpacks, clothing, shoes and haircuts will be given to families in need in the Fenton, Lake Fenton and Linden school district, provided by local churches, businesses and organizations..

 Last year, F.A.R.R provided more than 500 backpacks and school supplies to students who qualified for free or reduced lunches, said Dawn Placek, F.A.R.R. executive director.

 Children can free-play outside of the school, enjoy imaginative activities called “Pop up Play,” while parents are introduced to local businesses and organizations that serve families.

 As part of Arts Are the Heart activities, children can participate in art camps, music/entertainment, henna artistry, balloon artistry, face painting, rock painting and more.

 Participating groups will include the Flint Children’s Museum, Howell Nature Center outdoor classroom, For-Mar Nature Center, Prelude String Orchestra, Corunna High School Living Statues, vision screenings by the Fenton Lions Club, a visit from Genesee Health Systems, Fenton City police officers and more.

 There will be plenty of food on hand from local businesses.

  “This will be the biggest event for children in our community,” Mora said.

Hang on to your wallet …

 Americans are projected to spend the most money ever on back-to-school shopping this year. Families with children in elementary school through high school plan to spend an average of $696.70, up nearly 2 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

If you’re a family with a college student, plan to take $976.78 out of your wallet, up about 3.7 percent from 2018.

Source: National Retail Federation

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