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Jul 24, 2010 1:41 AM by Courtney Meznarich

Low-income students prepare for Kids Spree 2010

School is still out for the summer but more than 150 kids will be doing some special back to school shopping this weekend.

It is all for the United Way's Kids Spree 2010, and for some low-income students it is the only brand new gear they will get all year.

Seven-year-old Jada Rhine is one of four kids in her family, and school shopping does not usually include buying new clothes.

"Its not hand me downs from their brother and sister and they get to go in there," said Rachel Cementina, a program assistant for United Way of San Luis Obispo County.

On Sunday, Rhine will get $100 to spend however she wants at Kohl's, the store is even dropping the sales tax and giving an extra 15 percent off all merchandise.

Her mom says opportunities like this do not come around often in their household.

"She's really excited because she loves to shop, so she's excited that she gets to actually pick out what she wants and mom doesn't get to say no," said Sheena Saligan.

Organizers say it is an experience that boosts confidence and leaves a lasting impression.

"We receive letters every year about kids who this is the only new item they'll get all year, and they get to go to school feeling just like everyone else with their brand new school clothes," said Cementina.

As for Jada, she is one of the lucky ones this year, and she already has some special items on her Sunday shopping list.

"Shirts and a skirt," said Rhine. "Hannah Montana, and stars and words."

The event will take place at the Kohl's in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo.

If you would like to sponsor a child for Kids Spree next year, learn how by visiting the Newslinks section of ksby.com.

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