VIENNA — State Sen. Dale Fowler is expected to be at tonight's 12th annual school supply giveaway and community night at the Shawnee Worship Center.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shawnee Worship Center. Sen. Fowler, expected to arrive about 5:30 p.m., will be donating school supplies to help assist students.

In 2016, this event served more than 330 students from 10 different Southern Illinois counties.

Students and their families are provided with school supplies, haircuts, dental exams, clothing, food, and the services of more than a dozen community partners — all for free. This year, the church is planning to serve nearly 400 students and their families through this event.

“We are honored to welcome State Senator Dale Fowler to our event," said Jeffrey Isbell, children’s minister at Shawnee Worship Center, in a press statement. "His attendance and donation of school supplies further highlights the regional impact of this event as we strive to serve the entire Southern Illinois community. We appreciate Senator Fowler’s efforts to genuinely serve those throughout the region.”

Representatives from several local businesses and organizations will also be on hand to help.

stephanie.esters@thesouthern.com

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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