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Last year’s festival drew over 3,000 parents and kids, and an even larger crowd is expected this year to receive FREE school supplies, FREE haircuts and much more!

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             (Detroit) –– The crowds get bigger every year.   Parents and kids come out in huge numbers to “celebrate” the start of school at Greater Grace’s Back To School Festival.  This year’s 18th Annual festival will be unforgettable for many Detroit youngsters with free school supplies while they last, plus “free haircuts,” free refreshments, immunizations, rides, and the giving away of 2-brand new scooters and bicycles!   It happens Tuesday, Aug. 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile in Detroit.

            “ 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 Greater Grace Temple’s Senior Pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III.

It all started 18 years ago when Bishop Ellis 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 over 10,000 youngsters with free supplies.  This year’s festival will include the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Fun & Fitness Attraction, plus DMC Sinai Grace Hospital will offer health plan signup assistance.  Other sponsors include Hitachi Automotive, Happy’s Pizza, Comerica Bank, IPH, and the Thurswell Law Firm.

Other activities include free dental screenings, the free video game bus, inflatables, entertainment, prizes, and Story time with 1st Lady Ellis and much more.  The Master’s Commission, Inc. of Greater Grace Temple sponsors the festival.  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

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