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Davis County Students Get Back-To-School Shopping Spree

Aug 3, 2018, 1:38 PM | Updated: 8:21 pm

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – It’s an expensive time for families with school just around the corner.

Friday, more than 325 Davis County elementary students were given a well-deserved shopping spree in Layton.

The kids were handed $150 to spend at Kohl’s on whatever they needed for back-to-school.

“I got some pretty shoes,” said Amelia, who couldn’t have been more grateful for the experience.

Even this 8-year-old knows school shopping can be costly.

The event was a relief for many families in Davis County who may be strapped for cash this summer or dealing with some other life crisis.

Thousands of dollars were raised to give these kids more pep in their step to start the new school year.

The annual event is organized by the Davis Education Foundation.

“If young people don’t have their basic needs met, they cannot academically perform to their optimal potential,” said Jodi Lunt, Executive Director of the Davis Education Foundation.

She said the community has been coming together for more than a decade to benefit these kids’ futures.

The students were hand-selected by their schools and had the store to themselves.

Each kid spent the morning with one of the hundreds of volunteers working as their personal shopper.

“I told her, ‘you know it’s your shopping day. You get what you want.’ She just was like, ‘I can have anything.’ ‘Yeah anything.’ And, she was just so excited,” said Melissa McGregor, a volunteer with Young Automotive Group, who shopped with Amelia. “It’s exciting for me to see how excited these little kids are, you know, it’s Christmas day all over. They’re so grateful and it’s just wonderful,” she said.

“This happened to be the best day ever,” said Amelia.

To see how you can help in the future, visit their website daviseducationfoundation.org.

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