Students awarded back to school shopping spree

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Students in the Savannah Chatham County School District are heading back to school at the end of the month, and parents are scrambling to get what they need for the first day of class.

WTOC found some youngsters getting a helping hand for the big day at Target.

Alexis McBride and Myles Walker were two of 60 Savannah students who got the chance to go on a back to school shopping spree for new uniforms and school supplies.

"I got me a dress, got me some capri pants and three ring binder," said McBride.

"We got clothes and a lot of other things for school," said Walker.

Thanks to Target and the Salvation Army, needy students will be going back to school in style.

Capt. Marion Platt with the Salvation Army says Target contacted him about the plan a few weeks ago.

"They said they wanted to do something amazing by sponsoring 12,000 kids across the U.S. and so 60 were from right here in Savannah," Platt said.

"We were able to select some of these children who we know would be gong to school this coming year," Platt said.

As they went up and down the isles looking for the perfect items the students say having the extra cash to get supplies they need will give them the confidence to go back to school and ready to learn.

"It was awesome I had an awesome trip," McBride said.

"They made their own investment in choosing what kinds of school supplies what colors their notebooks are and it really makes a difference in the academic year,"said Platt.

The Salvation Army partners with several organizations to help needy families. For more information on the Salvation Army call 912.651.7420.

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