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HopeLink to aid needy children for new school year

When school lets out for the summer, HopeLink of Southern Nevada begins registering students of families in need for the essentials they will need for the coming school year. The program provides new clothing, backpacks, grade-specific supplies and resources for needed services such as immunizations, medical, dental and vision services.

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade in Boulder City, Henderson and parts of Las Vegas whose parents or guardians can show financial need can qualify.

Financial need is defined as having an annual family income at or below $26,400 for a family of two, $29,700 for a family of three, $33,000 for a family of four, $35,650 for a family of five, $38,300 for a family of six, $40,950 for a family of seven, $43,600 for a family of eight (add $4,150) for each additional family member.

Registrations will be accepted from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday through June 26 at the HopeLink of Southern Nevada office, 178 Westminster Way.

HopeLink has hosted the Back2School event since 2001 and each year the number of participating families has increased, according to Karen Kyger, executive director.

Sponsors also are needed to help outfit the students. It costs about $100 per child.

For more information, call 702-566-0576.

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