Gateway event helps students

Adriana Negrete, who will be a sixth grader at Waterville School, and Irma Bravo look through clothes at the Gateway Ministries back to school event Aug. 17. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Gateway Ministries held its second annual back to school event at the Waterville School cafeteria on Aug. 17.

The event included a clothing exchange, a free hot dog lunch and free haircuts for kids.

Organizer Jenifer Holcomb said that the event was well attended and people seemed to appreciate the help in getting ready for the new school year.

Cafeteria tables were piled with folded clothes for people of all ages, so parents and kids could “shop” for free.

Loyd Smith and Jane Draper were set up on the blacktop to get kids’ hair looking good for the first day of class.

“It was neat to meet the needs of some of the kids,” Smith said.

Kieth Finkbeiner, who leads Gateway Ministries and was a co-organizer for the event, said that he likes this tradition because it is a practical way to help people and connect with everyone.

“Everybody needs clothing,” Finkbeiner said.

Waterville School started for the year on Aug. 26.