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Free haircuts, school supplies prepare Minnesota kids to return to class

Hundreds turned out for an event in St. Paul, where police distributed backpacks and supplies to residents


August 31, 2022

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Leonard Young, with Next Level Barbershop, cuts the hair of Rashad Isaak, 5, of St. Paul, Tuesday, during the "Barbers and Backpacks" giveaway event held by the the Minnesota Chapter of the National Black Police Association at the Conway Recreation Center in St. Paul.

Dalvin Jones brought his three kids, all eager students, to Conway Recreation Center in St. Paul on Tuesday to gear up for their return to class. They left carrying backpacks stuffed with notebooks, pencils, folders and other school supplies.

"Anything they want to do with school, we're going to do it," said Jones, a new St. Paul resident, while waiting in line for the Barbers and Backpacks event. "We appreciate [this]. I'm sure everybody else does too."

"It's definitely a big help. It's just expensive right now in the world," said Jovan Gills who stood in line with Jones.


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