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Perry Broadcasting hosts annual back-to-school bash

AUGUSTA -- Families from all over the CSRA attended the annual Back-to-School Jamz Cutz at May Park to get their children prepared for the fall Monday afternoon.

Children received free haircuts, school supplies, local entertainment and other giveaways.

"The purpose is to give back to the community. We have a lot of kids who really need this," said Chill Ay Chillz, a radio personality for Foxie 103 Jamz and Magic 100.9. "They wouldn't be able to go back to school properly otherwise."

Frank Heyward, a single father with three children, said there are a lot of people in need this year.

"It's a good blessing to a lot of people by the community doing this," he said.

Foxie 103 Jamz, Magic 100.9, Praise 96.9 and Smooth Jazz 92.3 helped host the event and gave out school supplies to the children.

"School's back in and a lot of people might think that paper and pencils are insignificant," said Pastor Angela C. Harden, a radio personality at Praise 96.9. "Actually, there are a lot of people who don't have paper or pencils that can't afford it."

Chillz said the turnout was immense, and some parents even brought multiple children.

Over 20 barbers representing Headquarters, Glover's, Prestige Cuts, Top Cutz and Axis Barbershop volunteered their time to help kids look clean cut on the first day.

Many parents saw the event as a necessity during these tough economic times and a positive impact on the community.

"It helps out. I'm a single parent with kids, and it takes a lot of burden off of me with school supplies," Heyward said.

By assisting families throughout the CSRA with the basic school necessities, Perry Broadcasting wants these kids to stay in school and make the grade.