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Hattiesburg Public Schools Hosts Back to School Event

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Hattiesburg Public Schools hosts a back to school event for kids and their parents.

They come together for some fun at Kamper Park in Hattiesburg.

"It's just a way to kind of kick the year off right," says Hattiesburg Public Schools Communications Director Jas N Smith.

The event welcomes local kids grades kindergarten through second.

But the spotlight is not on the children.

"Our main focus tonight is on our parents - getting our parents in contact with these different providers and partners so that they can be made aware of the resources that are available here in the community for them," says Smith.

The event features 10 local vendors, ranging from after school providers to health clinics.

"It's just an opportunity for all of the community resources to come together, and offer all kinds of incentive and information to our parents that they may have not otherwise known," says Smith.

So what do the kids get out of the deal?

"After they meet with each of those vendors, we're giving them a voucher for a backpack with school supplies in it that they can take to their school on the first day of school, just as a thank you for coming and being a part of getting the school year off right," says Smith.

The event also gives kids the opportunity to take something back to school with them that transcends material belongings.

"It's a perfect time for kids to socialize, and maybe meet some kids that are also going to their new school if they're changing schools, so it's just a win-win for everybody," says Smith.

Smith hopes the event's positivity carries well beyond the first bell.

"It makes me feel good to see our parents so interested in getting school started off on the right foot, and hopefully that will continue on throughout the year and we'll have just a fantastic year," says Smith.

Hattiesburg Public Schools kick off the new school year on Aug. 7. 

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