Saginaw church holds back to school event

Parents and students attend back to school event in Saginaw. (Picture from WEYI/WSMH)

With the start of school just two weeks ago some students and parents at three Saginaw County schools feel as if they have been given a second chance.

The schools were all slated to close but were saved when the state and the districts reached a deal.

Saginaw High School, Jessie Loomis Academy and Atkins Elementary in the Bridgeport-Spaulding school district were all on the chopping block.

This is the fourth annual back to school bash at the First United Methodist Church.

School supplies, gift cards, and prizes were all given away at the event.

We talked to several parents who are happy the districts were able to work it out with the state and keep the three schools open.

"I think it's very important for the schools to stay open, I do know that over 70 percent of Saginaw is single family household and so if you're going to close the schools it's going to be really difficult to get their children to school," said parent Shirelle Dottery.

As part of the agreement to keep the schools open all three schools must show signs of academic improvement or once again face the possibility of closure.

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