Rock the Community’s back-to-school event ended two hours early


Rock the Community held its annual back-to-school event on Saturday to provide members of the Columbia community with free school supplies and clothing.

Vendors from across the city set up tents or donated supplies for the event. The supply drive was scheduled from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., but due to the heat and lack of supplies, the event ended at 5 p.m.

The procurement campaign took place during the back-to-school sales tax holiday weekend. Columbia is one of five central Missouri cities to opt out of the back-to-school tax holiday that would give families a tax break for school supplies the first weekend in August.

Columbia, Fayette, Booneville, Calif. and Jefferson City have all opted out of the tax exemption, which is intended to save the family money on back-to-school purchases.

According to the Department of Revenue, Missouri’s back-to-school tax holiday began Friday morning and will end Sunday evening. During the weekend, the state waives its 4.225% sales tax rate on certain back-to-school items.

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