For immediate release:
Sept. 2, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) said the first 300 students who attend the Back-to-School Jamboree will receive free school supplies.
The Jamboree begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, on the Indiana University Northwest campus.
“The free school supplies are a blessing to the families,” said Smith. “The materials help those families make ends meet. It also is exciting for the students to have new supplies as they begin a new school year. I greatly appreciate the generosity of our sponsors in helping to make these free materials possible.”
In addition to the free school supplies, this year free haircuts from King Milan Barber Shop will be available at the Jamboree.
Smith reminded businesses and agencies that vendor spaces are quickly being filled. He said to call him as soon as possible at 887-2046 to reserve the best spaces.
Smith said placements for the three-on-three basketball tournament are likewise filling fast. If teams register before Saturday, they will pay only $30. If they wait until the day of the Jamboree, they will pay $45 per team. The fees help defray the costs of the players’ t-shirts, lunches, trophies, and other prizes as well as the hiring of game officials. The tournament has several divisions based on gender and age. Admission is free to watch the games inside the Savannah Hall Gymnasium. Call Smith at 887-2046 to register a team or stop by the Beautiful Things store located at 3570 Village Court in Gary to fill out an application and pay the early registration fee.
There are also numerous, free activities for children of all ages at the Jamboree.
A Double Dutch Jump Rope contest, dance competition, and video game tournament are scheduled. A DJ will provide music for dancing from noon - 5 p.m. Younger children will be able to finger paint, have their faces painted, and compete in a drawing contest. In addition, the Jamboree Film Festival will be held from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Jamboree is sponsored by 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; State Farm Insurance; U.S. Steel; Majestic Star; Fresh Country Market LLC; King Milan Barber Shop; Petro Gary Shopping Center; and Methodist Hospital.