KZWA helps children start new year with Back to School Blast

By By Alex Onken / American Press

ZWA-FM will hold its annual Back to School Blast school supply drive Friday-Monday, Aug. 9-12.

Since 1999, the event has equipped children for school through donations from the community.

A radio-a-thon will begin at 8 a.m. Friday. Participants will include Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, state Rep. A.B. Franklin and former Swashbucklers coach Kip Texada.

Trucks will remain on the lawn in front of the KZWA building throughout the day to accept school supplies. At 8 p.m., the lawn will be the site of a party put on by the Official Playboy Riders, a local trailriders group. Admission is school supplies.

“This is our third year with the Back to School Blast,” said Will Allison, president of the Official Playboy Riders. “[Giving back to the children] is one of the biggest things that we can do in our parish and our time. That’s one of the most positive things that you


United Biker’s Motorcycle Cub will hold a bike ride Saturday. Lineup will be at 10 a.m. at Lake Charles Civic center, and the ride will end at the KZWA building.

“It’s a great thing we’re trying to do. It get kids out to see the

motorcycles. All the guys look forward to doing it,” said Anthony “A.D.”

On Monday, 104 girls and 104 boys will have their hair cut and styled by local barbers at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Speakers from the radio-a-thon will speak at the event as school supplies are handed out to children.

“It’s a joy to see the smiles on the kids’ faces,” said station owner Faye Blackwell. “Some parents even shed tears at this event. You never know when you’re helping a kid that could some day be a doctor, lawyer or even the president.”