The 16th Annual Back To School Festival Helps Detroit Youth Get Ready For School

Aug 08, 2013, 09:15 ET from Greater Grace Temple

Last year's festival drew over 3,000 people and an even larger crowd is expected this year to receive FREE school supplies, FREE haircuts and much more!

DETROIT, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The crowds get bigger every year.   Parents and kids come out in huge numbers to "celebrate" the start of school at Greater Grace's Back To School Festival.  This year's 16th Annual festival will be unforgettable for many Detroit youngsters with free school supplies while they last, plus FREE rides, haircuts, refreshments, immunizations, dental care, eye exams, video games bus, gymnastics bus and legal advice courtesy of Thurswell Law Firm.  It happens Tuesday, August 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile in Detroit

It all started 16 years ago when Greater Grace Temple's Senior Pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III learned of public school teachers having to "buy school supplies with their own money" because many struggling families couldn't afford even basic items.  Since then the church and the business community have worked together on the festival and have provided nearly 15,000 youngsters with free supplies.  This year's festival will include the Meijer Fitness Flash Mob with various giveaways.  Other sponsors include The Master's Commission, Hitachi Automotive, Comerica Bank, the UAW and Leave The Light On Foundation.

"We're not only providing them with supplies but also with motivation and the understanding that education is important," says Bishop Ellis.

It's FREE and designed for students 5 to 12 years of age.  For more information call 313-543-6000 or visit

SOURCE Greater Grace Temple