The Patterson Center teams up with local barbershops for free back-to-school haircuts

Yolanda Allen & Angela Rogers

Published July 31, 2023

Mary Grace Pewewardy | Multimedia Specialist

The Patterson Community Center is hosting a Back to School Backpack Party on Wednesday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is in partnership with local barber shops to give children backpacks, school supplies, and free haircuts before their first day of school.

Angela Rogers of King of Kutz has been doing this event for a few years now but wanted to reach more children this year. “I reached out to different places to see if they could house us for our back to school backpack and supplies giveaway and free haircuts. Ms. Yolanda said yes, she would take us!” Rogers explained.

Along with King of Kutz, barbers from Jus Flex, AJ Hair Pizzaz, D’s Barbershop, and Ace of Fades will also be in attendance to cut children's hair. Years prior, Rogers would bring in beauticians to do the girls’ hair, but they did not find enough this year, so manicures will be given instead. They can also craft their own bracelets.

“We never received donations before. My husband and I get together and are thankful enough to have the funds to make these purchases.” Rogers said. This is the first time they have received donations for this event from the Galilee Church and the City of Lawton.

Patterson Center Activities Coordinator Yolanda Allen is excited to host this event at the Patterson Center this year. She hopes this event will continue and grow bigger for next year so they are able to reach even more children.

“There’s a lot of kids that need our help. If the City of Lawton can partner with someone to make this happen, I think this is an awesome idea. It’s time for us to give back to the community, it’s time for us to step in for these children. Even if it’s a little bit, at least we can do something.” Allen remarked. 

Backpacks and school supplies will be prioritized to those who pre-register for the event. Once they get through the list of pre-registered families, if there are any supplies left over, they will be opened to the public for pickup. There are no qualifications to pre-register for this free event.

“We want to give these children a boost of confidence, that’s why we do it the day before their first day of school.” Rogers declared. “We want to help take the burden off parents who maybe aren’t able to afford these items for their children.”

There is going to be a ring toss for prizes, bounce houses, and many other games for both children and parents. To register for this event, go to for free school supplies while they last.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Yolanda Allen at (580) 581-3485 or by email @email.


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