One of the few saving graces of going back to school for some kids is getting brand-new supplies, so one local organization helped low-income parents send their children back to school right.
Project Self Sufficiency hosted a back to school event Monday at the Edison Community Center, where families ate chicken and potato salad before they lined up to get personalized backpacks stuffed with new school supplies.
"I think it's important that children have nice and new things to help them have a positive image of going back to school," said Brigette Beisner, the Project Self Sufficiency program coordinator.
The Huntington Beach program helps low-income, single parents working toward an educational or career goal become economically independent, Beisner said. The participants come from all walks of life and it hasn't always been easy for some, she said.
"We have some folks that have really had a tough road," she said.