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Back to school rally ignites kids passion for learning

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- With Tuesday's hot and humid weather, it's hard to imagine that school is right around the corner. In less than 2-weeks, most students will be sitting behind desks and being assigned homework.

In anticipation for the school year (or maybe better put, to help ease student's pain) there was a back to school rally. Hundreds of kids and their families flocked to East Park for one last fun-filled hurrah on a summer afternoon.

The event was sponsored by P.A.C.E, Parents and Children Excel, a group focused on helping low-income and at risk kids.

For some students, learning is an uphill battle, but organizations like PACE hope to change that mentality.

"What this event does here, is it just gets kids excited for the school year. We're cutting their hair, doing all sorts of things, lets them know we're supportive of their educational experience," explained event organizer, Tierre Webster.

Events like this can help push kids in the right direction, before they slide down the wrong path.

"Showing them that there are things to do that are safe and fun and introducing them to kids all around who are good examples," said a high school senior and P.A.C.E mentor, Elleciah Humphrey.

While many students say they're excited for the upcoming academic year...

"I'm looking forward to the choir there because I sing and then I'm looking forward to meeting new people in high school," said freshman Jesnasah Jamison.

"I'm looking forward to seeing all my friends again on a regular day to day basis, kind of forcing us all into the same building," stated Humphrey.

Sometimes though, it can be a bummer when summer comes to an end.

"(I'm) not looking forward to the homework though, or the lack of sleep," said Humphrey.

This is the fifth year PACE has sponsored the back to school bash. Event organizers said it grows in popularity every year.

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