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Avery Smith, 6, will be entering first grade at Woodland Elementary.

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Tillie’s Touch provides ESM students with school supplies, haircuts, clothes and more

When Dale Johnson was growing up on Heman St. in East Syracuse, he remembers that he wasn’t always as prepared for school as some of his classmates. “Times were tough,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which provides school supplies and sports equipment to children in need. “There were years when my family struggled. I went to school some years and didn’t have the ‘right’ clothes or school supplies. And I quickly picked up a resentment towards school.”


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