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Love INC Back-to-School Fair provides Moffat County students with support, classroom supplies

CRAIG — The start of the 2018-19 school year is nearly here, and if the turnout at Breeze Street Park was any indication, parents and kids alike are more than ready for it.

The sixth annual Back-to-School Fair, hosted by Love INC of the Yampa Valley, provided fun and practical preparation Saturday, Aug. 18.

With free backpacks and other school supplies provided, dozens of families took home new gear the young ones will be using in the classroom, as well as used clothing for those looking to expand their wardrobes.

Father of two Justin Wright said he wanted to be sure Kyra, 9, and Desmon, 3, had all they needed before heading to Ridgeview Elementary School later this month.

“This is very good for the community that local agencies come and do this for the kids,” he said. “I’m blessed to a part of it.”

Love INC Director Pat Jones said donations from Walmart and Craig Storage were especially encouraging, given the demand each year; extra backpacks were provided by Peabody Energy, which helped to round out the numbers.

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“It’s been great, even better than last year,” Jones said. “All the kids who have been here today have been so good.”

About $2,000 in funding from The Colorado Trust also added to the efforts of the fair, which featured balloons, food, games, a bounce house, haircuts by Stylz 5th Avenue, and booths from numerous local agencies, including Northwest Colorado Health, Moffat County School District, Eagle’s Nest Preschool, and area law enforcement.

The Colorado Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting health equity within the state, was also on site to discuss its plans for community involvement with The CRAIG Group, which meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus.

“We’d like to involve the community in getting more things like sidewalks, transportation, and things like that,” said representative Patty Maradiegue. “We have dinner and child care at these meetings, so we hope a lot of people will come get involved.”

For more information on The CRAIG Group, call 970-629-8017.

Contact Andy Bockelman at abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or 970-875-1793.