The 10th annual “Back To School Festival” helps scores of inner city Detroit youngsters get “ready” for school

August 07, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
It all started 10-years ago when Greater Grace Pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III learned of public school teachers having to “buy school supplies with their own money” because many struggling families couldn’t afford even basic items. Since then the church and the business community have worked together on the "Back To School Festival" and have provided scores of youngsters with free supplies and more. This year's festival happens Tuesday, Aug. 14th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile in Detroit, MI.

“A positive self-image is important to success,” says Bishop Ellis. “We want to assist parents in getting youngsters “ready,” well-groomed and with the basic supplies. We’re not only providing them with supplies, but also with motivation and the understanding that school is so important. It’s a day of fun and excitement.”

Along with the free school supplies (while they last), the event offers “free haircuts and hairstyling coupons,” free refreshments, immunizations and the giving away of 5-brand new scooters!

Other activities include free dental screenings, the free video game bus, inflatables, entertainment, and much more. The Master’s Commission, Inc. of Greater Grace Temple sponsors the festival. It’s FREE…and is aimed at youngsters 5 to 12 years of age. Every year, the effort year draws several thousand parents and their children.

The Master’s Commission is a non-profit affiliate of Greater Grace Temple. The Festival is absolutely free and open to the public. For more information call 313-543-6000 or visit