Help is on the way for parents and guardians who are needing assistance gathering necessary school supplies for the upcoming school year.

The employees of Harrah's Metropolis, along with other local businesses and organizations are teaming up once again to distribute school supplies gathered through fundraising and donations.

Individuals may stop by the Metropolis Community Center, located at 900 W. 10th St., on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. to pick up items, while supplies last.

Due to demand, adults without children present are allowed up to three students' supplies. Once through the line, they may return to the back of the line for the chance to acquire more.

Dental Safari Company, a mobile dentistry company specializing in children of all ages, 0-18, will be on site offering dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants as needed. Any child is eligible, and it is at no cost to the family. Dental Safari accepts Illinois medical card and all private insurance. For more information about Dental Safari, go to dentalsafaricompany.com or on Facebook.

The Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) will hand out drug awareness buttons among other supplies.

MCDAC's mission is determined to provide leadership, education and resources in order to build and sustain communities of knowledgeable citizens, in particularly, the youth in the community, who make healthy and safe choices through the reduction of substance abuse.

Local hair stylists are donating special offers and free haircuts along with the supplies and services being offered this year. They will give out coupons which may be redeemed only once to one of the participating businesses.

"Beginning a new school year can be very stressful for both kids and parents. Our goal for this event is to make sure we help alleviate the stress and make their school year enjoyable," says Chad Lewis, advertising and public relations supervisor for Harrah's Metropolis.

The event is scheduled to run while supplies last and open to the public.

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