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Huntsville Helps Cash-Strapped Parents

Just because public school is free, that doesn’t mean going to school is free. The average family spent $1,500 for each high schooler, $1,001 for middle schoolers and $622 for each elementary school kid in 2017, and the numbers are only expected to rise for the 2018 school year.

Those costs are hitting families hard. On Saturday, people were lining up and down  Memorial Parkway in hopes of getting a free backpack from Oasis Christian Center.

A few families, however, got a sweet surprise when they went back-to-school shopping last week. Redstone Federal Credit Union sent teams of employees to area schools to help people pay for school supplies.

There were no requirements — you didn’t have to use Redstone for your banking — they just asked that the recipients pay the act of kindness forward.

If you didn’t happen upon one of the Redstone teams last week, and you’re struggling to get school supplies, there are still a few ways to get help.

Click here for a list of ongoing school supply drives in our community.


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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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