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Sun, Aug. 09

Editorial: It doesn't take much to change a child's life

For the fifth consecutive year, Ken and Terri Alexander of Rosa's Cantina hosted a Chamber Ambassadors Mixer Friday night to collect back to school items for Saturday's Back to School Resource Fair. Once again, the turnout was great and those in attendance showed their generosity. Numerous school supplies were collected in addition to over $350.

Saturday's Back to School Fair will be held 9 a.m.-noon at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave. Williams area students grades kindergarten through 12th are invited to attend. This year the Chamber Ambassadors are working in conjunction with the Williams Needs An Angel Committee, Coconino County Community Services and Williams Elementary-Middle School Parents-Teachers-Students Association to put on the Back to School Fair. The groups ask that you bring items to the mixer needed for the fair such as glue sticks, crayons, pencil sharpeners, child safe scissors, colored pencils, plastic rulers, highlighters, rectangular erasers, pencil erasers, spiral bound paper, loose-leaf paper, two-pocket folders and scientific calculators.

If you did not donate to the Back to School Fair, it's not too late. School supplies can be dropped off at the Williams Senior Center prior to Friday. If you would like to make a cash donation, you can do so by making your check payable to WEMS PTSA and send it to P.O. Box 427, Williams, AZ 86046. To find out how you can help, call Georgia Sheedy at (928) 679-7481.

Fight childhood hunger

The Civitan Foundation has been operating Camp Civitan - their longest running respite/recreational program - north of Williams for many years. During the summer months, campers - individuals with special needs - have the opportunity to attend camp in Williams. The camp has been a success and many have benefited by attending camp. Now, officials with the Civitan Foundation hope to build a partnership with Williams by increasing awareness about childhood hunger.

In conjunction with the Back to School Resource Fair, Camp Civitan hopes to create 25 food baskets to give to the Williams Food Bank. The food bank will distribute the food baskets to 25 families. Your help is needed by Friday. The wish list for each basket includes food for two complete meals, one board game, one family DVD, one dessert, one box of popcorn and back to school supplies.

In Williams, items can be left at Camp Civitan, 5008 N. Civitan Rd. or the Thrift Store, 221 W. Railroad Ave. Your donation can make a difference. For more information, call (602) 953-2944.

It's Back to School time

Inside this week's News, you will find our Back to School special edition. While we've always printed back to school information, this is the first year we have created a special section exclusively for this news. The special edition was the brainchild of Williams Unified School District Superintendent Steve Hudgens. Steve visited our office last month with a list of stories and items he wanted to showcase, and the product developed from there.

Creating this back to school special edition was a lot of fun. We appreciate the support we received from not only Steve, but his staff as well. We plan to create this special publication for many years to come. Please support the advertisers that made this special edition possible.

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