The 13th Annual 'Back To School Festival' Helps Scores of Detroit Youngsters Get 'Ready' for School

Every year 2,500 to 3,000 parents and kids "celebrate" the start of school at Greater Grace's Back To School Festival. This year's 13th Annual festival will be unforgettable for many Detroit youngsters with free school supplies while they last, plus "free haircuts and hairstyling coupons," free refreshments, immunizations and the giving away of 2 brand new scooters! It happens Tuesday, Aug. 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at God's Graceland Park, right in front of Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile in Detroit (see also Greater Grace Temple).

It all started thirteen (13) years ago when Greater Grace Pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III learned of public school teachers having to "buy school supplies with their own money" because many struggling families couldn't afford even basic items. Since then the church and the business community have worked together on the festival and have provided scores of youngsters with free supplies and more.

"We're not only providing them with supplies, but also with motivation and the understanding that school is so important. It's a day of fun and excitement about the start of school," says Bishop Ellis.

Other activities include free dental screenings, the free video game bus, inflatables, entertainment, and much more. The Master's Commission, Inc. of Greater Grace Temple sponsors the festival along with the office of Wayne Co. Exec. Robert Ficano, Comerica Bank, State Farm Insurance, Sinai Grace Hospital of Detroit, Pepsi-cola, and Hitachi Automotive. It's FREE. . .and is aimed at youngsters 5 to 12 years of age.

The Master's Commission is a non-profit affiliate of Greater Grace Temple. For more information call 313-543-6000 or visit

Keywords: Greater Grace Temple, Automobiles, Electronics, Entertainment, Insurance, Transportation, Video Game, Automobiles, Electronics, Entertainment, Greater Grace Temple, Insurance, Transportation, Video Game.

This article was prepared by Science Letter editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2009, Science Letter via
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