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With a moon bounce, a water slide, a Houston Police Department helicopter and hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies, The Church on Masters Road’s 3rd annual Back 2 School Bash lived up to its name with a turnout that volunteers said has been the biggest ever.

Volunteer Will Hankins said people were in line by 7 a.m. waiting for the 11 a.m. event to start.

“It’s good; it’s good to see the kids coming in,” Hankins said.

The church supplied 760 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students this year “and that list is probably growing since we’re going to hook people up with a backpack or resource later,” Laura Moorehead, who helped organize the event, said.

Over 120 free haircuts were given to local schoolchildren throughout the event by hair stylists from Altered Images of Pearland and Stacey Jo’s of Manvel. The church also helped supply school clothes, and Old Bucs Barbecue supplied 1500 hot dogs and 600 sausages as Saturday lunch for hundreds of attendees. There was no shortage of preparation for the start of Alvin ISD classes Aug. 15.

“Face painting, nail polish; this is really just to help them feel their best to get ready for school,” Moorehead said.

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