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      Back to School bash relieves parents strapped for cash

      Hundreds turned out Monday morning to the New Macedonia Baptist Church 'Back to School Bash'.Pastor Ronald Brown and church members passed out bags of school supplies to all children who came out.He says getting children ready for school can be hard for many south Albany parents who are struggling financially. These school supplies are provided to help parents get their kids through the start of school.One mother says this back to school drive has been a blessing being that she doesn't have the funds to provide school supplies to her children.

      Every year it gets a little rougher because I TMm not working. It's a little harder every year, said Patricia Jones.

      Each year parents are given a list of items to pick up before the start of school. Fox 31 took that list on a shopping spree to see what the final tally would be.

      After adding up 10 glue sticks, 3 boxes of crayons, 2 two-pocket folders, paper towels, hand sanitizer and other items, our final tally came up to $35.88. That price doesn TMt include shoes and clothes that parents would have to purchase.

      Unfortunately within the Dougherty County School System this amount of cash is too much for some who are living in poverty.

      Maybe 60 or 70 percent of our student body maybe more but in terms of help, we just have to do what we got to do, said David Mosely, Dougherty County Interim Superintendent.

      Dr. David Mosley says the school system has a program in place to help families when they can TMt afford the essentials.