North City Elementary hosted nearly 550 Shoreline School District families on Saturday afternoon for a back to school event to help kids get ready for the upcoming school year.
Now in its seventh year, the event provides low income families, and those experiencing circumstances that would make it difficult to prepare their children for going back to school, the opportunity to pick up school supplies, gently used clothing, and even get a haircut at no cost.
In a time when families are faced with ever-tightening budgets, the need for events such as this one has only grown, with the number of registered families up 10% from last year.
"It's necessary," said Vicki Carnahan, of the Center for Human Services. "It's absolutely necessary."
The event served around 1150 children, not including those that signed up the day of the event, which typically adds another 10 to 20 families.
Numerous local groups lent their support to the event, with the Back to School Consortium members consisting of Hopelink, the City of Shoreline, the Dale Turner Family YMCA, Rain City Rotary, the Center for Human Services, the Shoreline School District and the Readiness to Learn Program, Turning Point, Shoreline Community Care, The Works of Shoreline PTA Council, Ronald United Methodist Church, and The Vineyard. Stylists from the James Alan Salon and Toni & Guy provided haircuts.
"It's connecting us all together to be aware of our neighbors and the needs we have," said Sarah-Ann Woodfield, President of the Shoreline PTA Council.