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Give Back . . . to School Helps Children Look Forward to Learning

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:00 AM
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2nd Annual Northern Kentucky DreamWorks Event is August 3 at Turfway Park

CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 9, 2013) – As many as a thousand children from marginalized Northern Kentucky families will head to school with brand-new supplies, thanks to the 2nd annual Cincinnati DreamWorks Give Back . . . to School event, scheduled this year at Turfway Park on Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Serving children enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, Give Back . . . to School provides each child with a book bag, typical supplies such as folders, pencils, crayons, and glue sticks, and personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Each child also will receive at least one set of back-to-school clothing, primarily recycled items.

Thanks to local sponsors, volunteers and staff will serve the children hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and beverages at no charge from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, each child will receive a free Kona Ice. Because DreamWorks looks beyond children's tangible needs, the day also will include playtime with parents, staff, and event volunteers.

"As a father of two, it breaks my heart to see firsthand how families struggle to provide their children with what they need just to get by, let alone to have the tools to succeed in school," said Cincinnati DreamWorks president Tim Hall. "This event is a way to annually give marginalized families and children a way to contribute and succeed in society. We served about 350 children at the first Give Back . . . to School. We're hoping to reach between 750 and a thousand children this year."

Shuttles are set to operate from nine designated Northern Kentucky neighborhoods: Allendale Mobile Homes in Kenton County; Crown Court, Normandy Green, Oakwood, Parkland Place, and The Greens apartment complexes in Boone County; and Derby Hills, Silver Grove, and Cardinal mobile home parks in Campbell County. The shuttle schedule will be posted in those locations. Those interested in setting up shuttle service for other neighborhoods may call (800) 486-1464.

To qualify for the donated supplies, families must have household income that is less than household expenses plus the expense of school supplies.

"The need is huge," Hall continued. "We appreciate those sponsors who have stepped up already but would certainly welcome donations of supplies or financial donations from others as well."

Sponsors to date for the 2nd annual Give Back . . . to School are Snappy Tomato Pizza, JTM Food Group, Kona Ice, Turfway Park, Matthew 25 Ministries, LeanCor Supply Chain Group, Vivid Tan, Rob’s Kids, The Bank of Kentucky, and Cincinnati Dream Center.

Other groups or businesses interested in sponsoring Give Back . . . to School and individuals interested in volunteering or donating supplies may contact Hall at (859) 393-1487. A list of needed supplies is posted at cincinnatidreamworks.org and at turfway.com.

Turfway Park is located at 7500 Turfway Road, I-75 at Exit 182, in Florence, Ky.

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Contact Tim Hall, (859) 393-1487

About Cincinnati DreamWorks
A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, Cincinnati DreamWorks partners with organizations and individuals to provide community service, medical and other specialty services, employment, educational and career building programs, mentoring and tutoring programs, health and wellness centers, housing units, and food, clothing, and furniture assistance to those in need in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southeast Indiana. Cincinnati DreamWorks is an outgrowth of the faith-based Cincinnati Dream Center.

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