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Academy Sports in New Bern gifts school supplies to kids

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - With the new school year just weeks away, Academy Sports and Outdoors in New Bern helped some kids prepare with new school supplies for free.

Academy Sports and Outdoors is hosting their annual back-to-school shopping spree donation program.

Thousands of students across the country are being bused to local stores to stock up on supplies.

The New Bern location bused 30 local students from Twin Rivers YMCA over to shop.

Every student was handed a $100r gift card to spend on shoes, backpacks, socks and more.

It is the first time the New Bern location has taken part in the program since opening its doors in April.

"It’s very gratifying,” said Patti Page, Academy Sports and Outdoors store manager. “Not only our team members are excited but hopefully our community is as excited as we are to be able to be a part of bringing this event to this town."

Page said the store is already looking forward to hosting the event again next fall.


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