For immediate release:
Sept. 13, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS - At this year’s Back-to-School Jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 17, State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) said King Milan Barber Shop will offer free haircuts and that the first 300 students will receive a free backpack.
The Jamboree runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Indiana University Northwest (I.U. Northwest) Campus.
“King Milan Barber Shop’s free haircuts have been a very popular feature at recent Back-to-School Jamborees, so we are excited to have King Milan with us again this year,” said Dr. Smith. “The free backpacks have been a big hit with students as well. We are giving away a backpack to the first 300 students who come to the Jamboree, so plan on arriving early to make sure your child gets one. The Jamboree is full of fun and activities. It makes the point that education can be exciting and the beginning of a lifetime of adventure.”
The three-on-three basketball tournament competition will be 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Savannah Hall Gymnasium. Teams should register early to ensure they have a position and to save money on the registration fee. Early registration is still only $30 for each team. However, on-sight registration will be $45 per team. Application forms can be obtained by visiting the Beautiful Things store at 3570 Village Court in Gary or by calling Dr. Smith at 887-2046.
The Jamboree’s annual film festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. inside Savannah Hall Auditorium. A DJ will provide music for dancing from noon-4 p.m. Additionally, there will be a video game tournament, dance contest, and a Double Dutch Jump Rope competition.
For younger children, a drawing contest, face painting, and finger painting will be offered.
Area agencies will have exhibit booths to distribute literature about what those organizations have to offer students and their families. Various businesses will also display their products and have those items for sale. Booth rentals are available, but Dr. Smith should be contacted immediately at 887-2046 to obtain a booth rental for this year’s event.
The Jamboree is sponsored by Dr. Smith; the African-American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc.; the I.U. Dons, Inc.; Indiana University Northwest; Haywood & Flemings Associates Insurance Agency; the Gary Crusader; the 411 News; Geminus Corporation; Fresh County Market; King Milan Barber Shop; Familia Dental; the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males; and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.