Reaching out to hundreds

The Big Reach Center of Hope, a Greenford Church ministry, helds its 11th annual Back to School event Saturday. Founder and director Scott Lewis said about 350 children from 140 families received an array of goods and services including school supplies, complete school outfits including shoes and undergarments, book bags, personal care materials, food items and haircut vouchers. A variety of kids activities were offered. Children and family members were treated to a meal and snacks. The program is need-based with those benefiting having to meet eligibility requirements and having to pre-register. Shown in these photos, 9-year-old Dakota Shasteen from Hammondsville shows off a cookie he designed to Big Reach mascot “Max.” Laurel Sobota, one of the dozens of Big Reach Back to School volunteers, paints the nails of 11-year-old Rhiannon Hart of Wellsville. Tracy Styka from Mahoning County District Board of Health distributes material to, from left, 11-year-olds Olivia Wilson and Breauna Jordan, both of Salem. Styka was stressing the importance of hand-washing to the children and the importance of being aware of tick and mosquito bites. (Salem News photos by J.D. Creer)