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Firefighter Jarrod Gray, 501-744-3490

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

LR FIREFIGHTERS REACHING OUT TO HELP STUDENTS

(Tuesday, August 14, 2007) – The start of the school year brings a fresh start for students. However, some students may not have the school supplies they need. To help address that need, an organization of Little Rock firefighters is sponsoring its annual “Project Fresh Start” which distributes school supplies.

HOTTAR, Little Rock’s Chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF), will host “Project Fresh Start” on Saturday, August 18, 2007. The event will be held at the Dunbar Community Center at 1001 West 16th Street from 9:00am until 2:00pm. Students who are not able to purchase their school supplies are encouraged to attend and get some new supplies.

According to Firefighter Jarrod Gray, “Each year we give away in excess of $5,000 in school supplies to students who need them. We view this as an extension of our commitment to serving others in the community. This is important to us as members of HOTTAR and as well as through the Little Rock Fire Department.”

HOTTAR, which stands for Helping Others To Teach All Responsibility, was founded in 1992. The Black Police Officers Association of Little Rock is assisting HOTTAR with “Project Fresh Start.”

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