Missouri is one of 17 states participating in a sales tax holiday this weekend. Between today and midnight Sunday, consumers at participating retailers will be able to purchase back-to-school items such as clothing, school supplies, computers and computer software without paying sales tax.
Governor Matt Blunt called the holiday "a great opportunity to prepare for the new school year."
Among the many local retail events promoting the holiday is one on Friday morning at a local Wal-Mart in which more than 100 St. Louis area middle school students race off at the sound of the bell to shop for an hour for school supplies and clothes. According to Laurna Godwin, each student will receive a $100 gift certificate to use for shopping. The shopping students were chosen from dozens who submitted an essay on why they are looking forward to going back to school. The donations will be matched by one to KidSmart - Tools for Learning, a local non-profit that helps economically disadvantaged children succeed in school by providing free school supplies.