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Back to school shopping costs are rising--here’s how one group is helping out

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Clothing, haircuts, school supplies and phones might be on your back to school shopping list.

According to a study by Deloitte, back to school shopping costs are increasing.

Shoppers are expected to spend more than $27 billion across the country during back to school shopping this year.

Eddie Rodriguez joins millions of parents across the country on a back to school shopping mission. His children are both headed to elementary school.

This year Rodriguez’s wallet is catching a break because Nevada HAND is helping out with school supplies.

“We don’t want our families to have to choose between utilities or groceries or back to school,” said Greta Seidman, Director of Communications and Marketing for Nevada HAND.

The non-profit aimed at helping families houses more than 2,000 children and serves more than 7,200 southern Nevadans, many who are also facing increasing back to school costs.

According to a study by the National Retail Federation, back to school shoppers plan to spend just under $190 on electronics like computers, calculators, or phones, while spending the most money on clothing ($236.90).

Seidman says advances in technology are also contributing to high costs

“In addition to backpacks and notebooks and binders and school supplies. They are also making technology purchases because that is such a big part of the education experience today,” said Seidman.

For Rodriguez, the help from Nevada HAND means an opportunity to potentially give back to the school.

“We get to give back to the school also because we don’t have to spend too much on them, “ said Rodriguez. “If I show them, if we work hard and we do good things then good things will come to us.”

For more information on Nevada HAND, click here.

Back to school resources:

HEALTH FAIR: Southern Nevada Health District is teaming up with Immunize Nevada and other community partners to host Give Kids a Boost, a special Back-to-School Shots and Health Fair. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. to ensure all children have the opportunity to get their immunizations before the first day of school.

FOOD: Sharky’s Modern Mexican Kitchen, Bring your family during the first week of school (Aug. 12-17) to any Sharky’s Las Vegas location and receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of one entrée.

5070 Blue Diamond Road Located on Blue Diamond Road, just west of Decatur Boulevard or 8975 W. Charleston Blvd. Located in the Whole Foods shopping center on the corner of W. Charleston Boulevard and Ft. Apache Road.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR: Commissioner Lawrence Weekly will be distributing backpacks and other school supplies to up to 1,000 local youth during back-to-school fairs.The Thursday event will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Pearson Community Center at 1625 W. Carey Avenue.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR: The Clark County School District will be helping families prepare for the upcoming school year with the 11th annual Cox Back to School Fairs. The next fair will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Galleria at Sunset in Henderson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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