THUMBS UP: This time of year can be exciting for students as they prepare to go back to school, but it can also be a difficult time as there are costs associated even with products or services most of us take for granted. To help in that regard, on Tuesday, more than 40 agencies, nonprofits and other volunteers posted up at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster to distribute information about resources and hand out school supplies as well as give haircuts. More than 200 people came out to take advantage. This was one of the quarterly resource fairs organized by the Carroll County Circle of Caring Street Outreach Committee, according to committee chair Tasha Cramer, and also coincided with the church’s regular Tuesday soup kitchen service. “They served lunch to 220 individuals,” Cramer told us. “We were able to give 70 children back-to-school supplies and we gave about 20 haircuts.” Agencies and organizations in attendance included Access Carroll, the Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Public Library, and the Schapiro Training and Employment Program, among others. Because of all of them, the first day of school will be a bit better for a number of kids.