Panama City - The Bay County Bar Association is making sure 100 local children are ready to go to school next week. Local lawyers donated school uniforms to 100 children Friday.
It's the third year the Bar Association has partnered with Big Bend Community Based Care to provide jeans and polo shirts to the kids under the organization's supervision. Many are in foster care. DCF investigators and caseworkers will distribute the clothes.
"We are trying to allow kids who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, or are in out of home placements, to start school with confidence. These school uniforms really make that possible," said Lori Allen, a DCF investigator.
"There are tons of these kids out there that are involved in the system and when you are within the system you see it all the time. Generally because they are closed hearings the general public doesn't get to see how many kids are wrapped up in it, but some of the attorneys see it all the time," said Andy Weddle, the President of the Bay County Bar Association.
This makes 400 uniforms the Bay County Bar Association has bought in the last 3 years.