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Councilman-at-Large Atkins to Host Annual Free Back to School Haircuts and Laptops Event

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Councilman-at-Large Atkins to Host Annual Free Back to School Haircuts and Laptops Event
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ROSELLE, NJ - Students in Roselle will be going into the new school year looking good with help of a group of people who for the third year, have given free haircuts and laptop computers to families in Roselle. 

Councilman-at-Large Reginald Atkins along with his wife Dr. Cynthia, are hosting their third annual event giving students in the community, free hair cuts and a free laptop computer for 1st year college students. Free school supplies will also be handed out at this event.

To be eligible for the laptops you need to answer two questions: 

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1. Are you attending College? 

2. Do you need a laptop?  

The event will take place on Sunday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hair Lounge, located at 206 Chestnut Street in Roselle. Food and drinks will also be available.

“As parents of three growing children, my wife and I understand first hand the cost and time consuming ordeal it can be getting kids ready to go back to school,” said Councilman Atkins. "Every child deserves to return to school looking fantastic and feeling their best! Let's face it, the first day of classes can be hair-raising without worrying about having a bad hair day. We want our youth to look good on the outside, feel good on the inside, and ready to strive for academic excellence.”

The Councilman added, “Meeting the needs of the people has been a life model for my wife, Dr. Cynthia and I since we met over 25 years ago. We believe a balanced, healthy community should meet the needs that exist in families and reach out to the community it serves. If we can take some of the burden off of a family so they have a little extra money to put gas in the tank to get to work, or pay the electric bill, then we're doing the will of God!”

“I want to give a special “Thank You” to the owner and staff of the Hair Lounge, Shawon Spearman and Director Tanya Griffin and Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Atkins of the New Destiny Community Development Corporation for the laptop computers,” Atkins added. 

So far, the group has given away 53 laptops to Roselle families and have approximately 46 laptops left for distribution. 

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