While the first day of school can be a blessing for some parents and children, it can become a burden for others.

While the first day of school can be a blessing for some parents and children, it can become a burden for others.
Each year, some parents are trying to figure out how to send their child back to the classroom with the basic necessities.
Several local organizations and groups have partnered together to try to provide a partial remedy to the dilemma some parents are facing.
The 10th Annual Back-to-School Roundup is slated for Friday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m.
It will be held at the Arkadelphia Senior Adult Center, located at 1311 North 10th Street, and is defined as a “free event.”
“We will have free school supplies, free food, free resources and free door prizes,” said Ashlee Dixon, coordinator of the event.
While the roundup is hosted by Men United, Inc., Central Arkansas Development Council, Arkadelphia Junior Auxiliary, Chicken Express and Patterson Federal Credit Union are among some of the additional partners for the event.
In addition to the free school supplies, free haircuts will be offered on site.
“We look forward to this event every year. It’s a great example of how our community can come together and why Arkadelphia is a great place to call home,” said Dixon.
According to Dixon, the idea for a back-to-school roundup was hatched when her sons were younger and observed some of their classmates did not have the necessary school supplies to do their work.
Dixon felt there was something she could do to try to help those children who were in need, thus the Back-to-School Roundup was born.
Since the initial roundup, Dixon has noted an increase in the number of students and families who are served, as well as an expansion to the areas served.
According to Dixon, the event is open to all pre-kindergarten through high school seniors of the Arkadelphia Public School District. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16 to the event in order to receive supplies.
“Each year we are blessed with more people who are willing to help us give back,” Dixon said.
Donations are still being accepted for the event. To make a contribution or to receive more information about the event, contact Dixon at (870) 210-1870.