TIFFIN — A Coralville church is helping area children and their families go back to school on a high note.
LIFEchurch kicks off its sixth annual “Servolution: Back-to-School” event today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin. Volunteers plan to distribute new shoes, school supplies, backpacks and groceries to under-resourced elementary and middle school-aged children and their families. Haircuts also will be provided.
The event continues from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Penn Elementary, 230 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty, and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kirkwood Elementary, 1401 Ninth St., Coralville.
Church officials hope to serve 1,000 students and their families through this year’s outreach effort.
“The main point of this event is to really start a revolution of service,” said Chris Cary, outreach pastor at LIFEchurch, 2205 Second St. “We do this, no strings attached. We just want to give away items that will help someone tangibly.
“Loving on people that way is a great start to serving one another.”
Cary said Servolution is a faith-based movement adopted by the Coralville church in 2012. During the first year, about 230 children in North Liberty were served. The next year, the church expanded its service to Coralville.
Last year, 810 children were served.
This is the first year the program is being taken to Tiffin.
The events are open to families in the community and no registration is required.
Cary said every child who attends will receive a free pair of shoes. He said the church has about 1,000 pairs to give away over the three days of the event. He said the church purchased 400 pairs of Nike shoes with help from a $2,500 donation from Scheels.
“We have shoe sizes that go down to toddler sizes, so if we have them, we do provide them to kids who are not even school age,” Cary said.
Each child also will be offered a free haircut.
School supplies are a bit more limited and will first be given to students who live in the communities hosting the event. Any extras will be given to those who come in from other communities.
Cary said organizers have lined up about 75 volunteers for each day and they aim to make the event inviting.
“Our goal is that when students come with their families they’re not just standing in line,” he said, noting there will be a DJ and bounce houses on site and refreshments will be served.
“We want them to feel really successful and proud going back to school. We want them to feel like it’s a fun event.”
Cary said the event is for any families that could use help with sending their kids back to school.
“Given the state of our nation right now, politically, this is a great event to promote humanity serving humanity,” he said.
IF YOU GO
What: LIFEchurch “Servolution Back-to-School” events
When & Where: 4 to 7 p.m. today at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin; 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at Penn Elementary, 230 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kirkwood Elementary, 1401 Ninth St., Coralville.
Details: Volunteers are distributing new shoes, school supplies, backpacks and groceries to under-resourced elementary and middle school-aged children and their families. Haircuts also are offered.