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Back-to-school bash in Allentown gets kids pumped for upcoming school year

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Students at Sheridan Elementary in Allentown can hardly wait for their first day of school.

The anticipation is written all over 8-year-old Nevaeh Lopez's face. It's right next to the pretty rainbow she got painted on Saturday.

Nevaeh and hundreds of other kids got to play and get their faces painted at a Back To School Bash. They also received some last-minute items before school starts on Tuesday thanks to City Hope.

The non-profit handed out nearly 700 backpacks out of its mobile closet while helping kids out with some fresh new haircuts inside the school.

In Sheridan, nearly all of the students come from poverty.

City Hope Executive Director Gee Rendon wants to make sure these kids never have that feeling.

"I grew up in this neighborhood and I know what it means to lack at times," said Rendon.  "The next generation is the future and so we're handing that baton but it all starts with again hope and it starts with love."

The love principal Lisa Lesko says is immeasurable.

 "We're just so thankful to City Hope. They had made this possible. Without them it wouldn't have happened," said Lesko.

Now students like Nevaeh Lopez and their families, don't have anything to worry about...except maybe future homework.

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