Mound Bayou prepares for back to school cookout
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Summer vacation will soon be over and children will go back to their regularly scheduled school days.

To help ease the transition from fun days and late nights, Sergeant Kelvin Brown is hosting a Back to School Cookout.

The event is set to take place from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 9, at the Mound Bayou City Hall located at 106 Green Ave.

This cookout will provide free food and free school supplies for the kids and high school students of Mound Bayou and the surrounding areas.

“We’ve been doing this for many years and it is primarily for Mound Bayou, but we do not turn any child away if we can help them. The children look forward to this event each year and I enjoy being able to put a smile on their faces,” said Brown.

The event is open to children in grades K – 12 and according to Brown; he also plans to have entertainment.

To prepare for the cookout, Brown is asking for the community to help by donating school supplies, food for the cookout, or by making a monetary donation.

Some of the school supplies that are needed include paper, pronged folders, #2 pencils, binders, black and blue pens, cornbread paper (writing paper for Kinder students), scissors, erasers, rulers, glue and glue sticks, markers, crayons, colored pencils, composition tablets and Germ-X.

Brown is also asking for donations of hot dogs, hamburger patties, hot dog and hamburger buns, chips, cookies, sodas, juice, water, paper plates and paper towels for the cookout.

The event is sponsored by the Mound Bayou Youth Activity Department.

Cash and check donations, made payable to The City of Mound Bayou for Back to School Rally, are to be dropped off at the Mound Bayou City Hall.

If you have any questions regarding donations or further information, please contact Brown at his office at 662-741-2200 or 662-719-9181.

Although school supplies are essential components to children returning to school, the Centers for Disease Control said parents should make sure that their child or children have been vaccinated.

School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Use CDC’s online resources and tools to check the recommended vaccines for children.

Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things a parent can do to ensure their children's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community.

To keep children in schools healthy, the state may require children going to school to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as whooping cough.

Anyone older than six months of age is recommended to receive a yearly flu vaccination, and older children are no exception.

It's important to know that flu can be serious, even for healthy young people.

As kids get older, they are more at risk for catching certain diseases, like meningococcal meningitis, so they need the protection that vaccines provide. The recommended immunization schedule is regularly updated to include new vaccines and reflect current research.

Specific vaccines, like HPV, which helps protect against certain cancers, are recommended to be given during the preteen years.

If children have not already gotten their vaccines, they should get caught up as soon as possible.