Several local churches are giving back to the community in the next two weeks by helping to provide for students who will start school this month.

USD 470 logoThis weekend, First United Methodist Church will give away shoe vouchers, in cooperation with Walmart.

In order to apply, parents must go through the Arkansas City Public School District.

The vouchers will be given out from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6.

Students from prekindergarten through fifth grade are eligible.

First United Methodist Church is located at 2448 Edgemont Drive.

Pair of back-to-school events

On Aug. 12, two other churches will host back-to-school events.

First Baptist Church, located at 220 E. Central Ave., will have its annual backpack blowout giveaway.

Children must be present to receive a free backpack and school supplies.

Starting at 9 a.m., prekindergarten students, kindergartners and second- through fifth-graders will have the opportunity to get gear for this school year.

(All first-graders will receive a backpack from KanPak at each elementary school’s open house event.)

This event also will feature games and face painting. It will end at noon.

First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1928 N. 11th St., will be host to a back-to-school bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be free food, door prizes, free haircuts for children prekindergarten through fifth grade and free dental supplies.

Some games will include water, so participants are encouraged to bring a towel.

To RSVP, call (620) 442-8770 or email