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Real People Educating Others Hosts Back To School Event

JAMES CITY-A slew of businesses and community organizations are lined up to support the 6th Annual Back to School Event hosted by Real People Educating Others (RPEO) and the 757 Giveback Committee.

The free event will take place at Lafayette High School on Longhill Road on Saturday, August 21, from 10 am to 1pm.

“We know going back to school and getting supplies is difficult for many families,” said PJ Piggott with RPEO. “We wanted to pay it forward by creating a platform to bring the community together.”

Backpacks with school supplies will be given away at the event, which will also include free haircuts for kids, face painting and other activities, and food catered by local chef Corey Bartlett and his staff. Vaccinations will also be available during the event.

Participating sponsors of RPEO’s Back to School event include Colonial Sports, Another Level Youth & Family Services, Steve Sparkman with State Farm Insurance, Southern Pancake & Waffle House, Habitat For Humanity ReStore, The Virginia Beer Company, Supreme Styles, Target, Williamsburg-James City Democrats, and Senator Monty Mason.

The Steve Sparkman State Farm Insurance team has been involved with RPEO’s Back to School event for the past two years and is looking forward to helping out again this year.

“This is a great event,” said Jessica Howe, marketing director for the Steve Sparkman State Farm office. “It’s important to give back to our community. Our children live in this community, and we want every child in this community to be successful.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Reneldo Randall at 757-876-0155 or visit

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