August 31, 2019 11:12 PM
(ABC 6 News) - With many schools to begin immediately after Labor Day, on Saturday the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester along with other community partners put on their first Back to School Bash, a celebration to kick off the school year in style.
Free Haircuts were provided by Salon Chic. The event also included giveaways for school supplies and backpacks.
“There’s over 6500 kids in our community who live in low-income households and who can use the kind of support that Boys & Girls Club and United Way and Charter and Salon Chic are providing today. We’re grateful to have all our partners from the community and from outside the community come to help support kids” said Chad Campbell, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.
The bash was highlighted by national motivational speaker Cory Greenwood who shared a positive message with students before they head back to school.
“Back to school can bring a lot of emotions. I want to bring a sense of calm to them and excitement, because school should be exciting; but also realistically we know that there’s going to be tough times in that school year, and so I just want to give them the resources to have a good school year” Greenwood said.
Opening up for Greenwood on his tour is American Idol contestant Nick Townsend, who shares a similar message to the motivational speaker.
“Telling kids regardless of where they came from, what social status they are with their family or anything if you have a mindset on something you want to do, it sounds so cliché, but you can do it,” Townsend said. “I grew up in the middle of nowhere Nebraska and I farmed my whole life and played sports, and now I’m traveling the world and pursing music. I never even thought in my mind I’d be able to do that. So just being able to do what I do, I’m hoping that anyone today can see it and be like, wow, and instill something in them to help them realize they can do whatever they want.”
“I want students to have mentors in their life, people that they can trust and count on for when those things happen and they don’t know where to turn. I want them to have people like the Boys & Girls Club to turn to so they can get back on the right track” said Greenwood.
Updated: August 31, 2019 11:12 PM
Created: August 31, 2019 09:16 PM
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