CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - September is still two months away, but some West Virginia children are ready to go back-to-school shopping.
The state's Bureau for Children and Families has already sent out its first batch of school clothing vouchers to low-income children.
Each eligible child receives a 200-dollar voucher toward the purchase of new school clothing at participating retailers across the state. The vouchers must be redeemed by October 31st.
Officials expect this year's total to match last year's, which was 1.5 million dollars in vouchers to 75,000 children.
The school voucher program was introduced in 1975.
Families interested in applying for the vouchers can request an application through their local Department of Health and Human Resources offices. For more information, call 1-877-716-1212 or go online to http://www.wvinroads.org.