Church of Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Host Back-to-School Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) — The Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and the Shelby County Health Department held an annual back-to-school campaign Saturday morning for families in the Memphis area.

The event served families with health and school necessities to start the 2022-2023 school year prepared. Event coordinator Bettye Boone said event organizers understand the importance of starting the school year healthy.

“You can get COVID-19 vaccines,” Boone explained. “You can also get booster shots, so it’s not just for our kids. Booster shots for children will also be available today.

Dental screenings were also available, provided by dental students from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Programming director Dr. Cassandra Christiansen said events like the back-to-school campaign allow them to help people in the community catch dental problems before it’s too late.

“Most of us know when there’s a problem when something hurts,” Christiansen said. “We like to catch problems of course before you suffer. For this event, parents in particular will learn about issues their children may have but are not yet in pain.

The event also had food and a kid’s zone to keep the kids entertained. Car seats were distributed to families in need.

Volunteers said it was a day to show the community how much support is available.

“We care about our children and we care about them, even if they have problems,” said Lorenzo Caldwell of the Youth and Empowerment Academy. “An event like this shows that the community is ready to step up and help our children.”

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