The NAACP branch in Alton will have its annual "Back to School Stay in School" program this Saturday, but getting permission from the city to hold it at a city park has been more difficult this year than in the past according to the head of the organization. The event will take place beginning at 10am on August 9 at James Killion Park at Salu in Alton.
NAACP President James Gray says he had to provide $2-million in coverage and more proof of insurance than in the past.
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He says another community organization recently held an event at Hellrung Park and only had to carry $1-million in coverage. Alton Mayor Brant Walker responds:
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You can hear the complete conversations with both men below. As for the event itself, volunteers are putting the backpacks with school supplies together this week. There will be transportation to and from the event for free. Parents may call 474-2600 for a list of the pick-up and drop-off points for students.