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Prince George to hold its first back-to-school fair

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PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) -

How much do you plan to spend on back-to-school supplies? It could cost as much as $200 per child! After receiving calls for help from financially strapped parents Prince George county will hold its first back to school fair on August 15.

Six-year-old Jaiden Stprix is ready to start first grade.

"I want to learn how to read," said Jaiden.

His mother, Kristen, is also excited, but exhausted when it comes to figuring out how to pay for back to school supplies for Jaiden and his siblings.

"It does cost a lot when it comes to three kids, especially when you're a single mother," said Kristen Stprix.

It's a concern county leaders say they're hearing a lot this year. To help out the county will host it's first back to school fair in partnership with Prince George Promise. 

"Prince George Promise is a group of stakeholders in the community about 50 of us, who work together to help children with healthy beginnings, mentoring, education and volunteering," said Jay "C" Paul.

Paul, who's the director of the program and the commonwealth's attorney, says donations such as pens, papers, and book bags have come in but more is needed.

"If folks want to donate gift cards because one of the big items are calculators for the upper grades," Paul added. 

Along with music, food, and back to school supplies the fair will also have informational booths. Topics include sexting and teen dating violence.

"These are our children and we need to put them in the best shape we can. We like them to grow up here, be educated here, and have a business here so we can have jobs here," Paul explained.

The back to school fair will be held Wednesday, August 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Scott Park which is located at the county complex. Donation are being accepted until August 8.

For more information about the fair or how to donate contact the County Department of Social Services at 733-2650.

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