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Annual Back to school giveaway a success despite weather

ANDREW GREEN, EDITOR
Mike Jackson and students with brand new school supplies.

MJ’s Barbershop hosted its annual “Back 2 School Giveaway” on Aug. 10 with nearly 100 kids attending despite the rain that fell on the day. Plaquemine area students picked up basic school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, juice boxes and school uniforms.

Mike Jackson, owner of MJ’s Barbershop, was glad to give back to the community in any way he could, even though the event didn’t go as planned.

“We usually have live music and space walks for the kids, but we had to cancel those due to the rain,” Jackson said.  “I try to do what I can to give back to the community.”

An event that originally started in White Castle in 2004, the “Back 2 School” giveaway eventually moved to the Plaquemine area to take place in the parking lot of MJ’s Barbershop on Hwy. 1

Jackson didn’t do it alone, though.  “I'd like to thank all the town officials and friends for their support in making my event a success, including Judge Alvin Batiste, Parish President Mitchell Ourso, Sheriff Brett Stassi, School board elect-at-large Brian Willis, CC Chevron, Gary Edwards, Nicky and Anais of Certified Pest Maintenance, LLC., Mayor Tony Gulotta, Marty Sofisticated Ladies, Dirty South Misfitz and Second Baptist Church,” he said.

Jackson plans to run the event every year and show his support “because a little help can go a long way for the kids of our community.”