Several events are planned ahead of the new school year, including school-supply drives and backpack giveaways.

Friday

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation’s philanthropic effort aims to collect school supplies for needy children attending Cedar Valley, Peebles, Pershing Park and West Ward elementary schools and for Operation Homefront.
  • School supplies purchased for Operation Homefront will go to the children of military families.
  • Donations can be made online through Friday.
  • Items needed include backpacks, pencils, spiral notebooks, rulers, crayons, pocket folders and more.
  • Go to www.yougivegoods.com, click “Donate to a Drive,” then click the “Northrop Grumman Back to School Drive 2014.”
  • Liberty Tax Service, 600 Indian Trail, Suite 201 in Harker Heights, will host a back-to-school backpack giveaway at 1 p.m. Friday.
  • In addition, there will be food, drinks, music and fun. Students enrolled in the Killeen Independent School District’s Homeless Awareness and Response Program will receive backpacks stuffed with school supplies.
  • Donations for the second annual 3 P’s: Supplies for Success are being accepted at AmeriStor Self Storage, 2010 E. Elms Road in Killeen across from the Shilo Inn.
  • Supplies needed are backpacks, pens, pencils and paper.
  • Donations accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday.

Saturday

  • Back 2 School — Stay In School is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Killeen High School, 500 N. 38th St.
  • Lunch is free. Backpacks are free while supplies last.
  • Free haircuts by Yahweh Beauty Academy are from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • There will be break-out sessions for grades pre-K to 12th grade, parent session and vendors.
  • This event is hosted by the Killeen Adult Branch NAACP, the Masonic family and the National Pan Hellenic Council and AmeriStor Self Storage.
  • Call 254-286-9211.
  • The fourth annual School-Supply Giveaway in conjunction with a free food pantry begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Open Arms Outreach, 413 Eighth St. in Killeen.
  • Free haircuts will be offered for boys from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free hair bows will be given out to girls.
  • Free breakfast burritos will be served at no charge.
  • The food pantry and school-supply giveaway will continue as long as supplies last.
  • This ministry serves the community by providing emergency food, toiletry items, and financial assistance and counseling. It also operates an adult literacy program and offers free educational tutoring for school-age children.
  • To volunteer or make a donation, go to www.OpenArmsOutreachInc.com, 254-291-7387, email OpenArmsOutreach.killeen@gmail.com or mail a donation to P.O. Box 10654, Killeen, TX 76547.

Aug. 17

  • An anti-bully class and self-defense workshop for children is Aug. 17 at American Shotokan Karate Academy, 3800 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Suite 102, Killeen.
  • Cost is $10 per child.
  • Each participant will be required to fill out an Academy waiver form.
  • This event is presented in conjunction with Goddess Armor Protection.
  • Email goddessarmorprotection@gmail.com or call 888-926-9529.
  • Metroplex Health System’s annual KidFest Health & Safety Fair is from 12:30 to 3:30 Aug. 17 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
  • Metroplex Hospital will provide free child immunizations and health screenings. More than 40 local companies and organizations will be on-hand providing free health and safety information to parents and offering interactive activities, door prizes, snacks and entertainment.
  • Activities include giant bounce houses, face painting, coloring stations and games. KidFest is free to the public. Immunizations are based on eligibility and first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Go to mplex.org or call 254-519-8200.

Aug. 19

  • Pre-K through college students will receive a 25-cent basic haircut during the “Old Days Price” special at OG’s School of Hair Design from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-22, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23.
  • College students must present ID. No appointment is required.
  • OG’s School of Hair Design is at 2501 S. W.S. Young Drive, Suite 302, Killeen.
  • Call 254-526-4339 or email ogsbarsch@embarqmail.com.

Aug. 21

  • Greater Killeen Free Clinic’s 20th anniversary celebration is set for Aug. 21. Block party in downtown Killeen is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be food and music.
  • Metroplex Health System will conduct free health screenings and free children’s immunizations.
  • Vendors may email clinic@gkfclinic.org or call 254-618-4211.
  • Compiled by Teresa Tankersley

Contact Teresa Tankersley at teresat@kdhnews.com or (254)501-7542​

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