With school starting Monday, one local church wants to aid students and parents preparing for the big day.
The Youth Summit and Back-2-School Explosion, sponsored by Christ Church of Grovetown, will help the community gear up for the upcoming academic year.
The church has held a similar event for its own youth in recent years, but the church decided to reach out to the entire community this year.
"We are trying to target the other audience that doesn't normally go to open houses," said Dawn Charleston, who is a coordinator for the events and a church member.
On Friday, the Youth Summit will review essential information for all ages and grade levels. A teacher, school counselor, public safety official and church pastor, Jim Nicholson will speak during the evening's panel discussion.
Charleston said this event will create a more comfortable setting for attendees to ask questions.
In addition to offering food and games, Saturday's Back-2-School Explosion has valuable information sessions and chances to win school supplies.
The schedule on Saturday includes a college fair and opportunities to speak with local professionals and military representatives. Charleston said representatives from local colleges, the Army and Navy, and technical and cosmetology schools are set to attend.
"At least by coming on Saturday, they will know what to expect and what to ask," Charleston said.
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