District set for annual back to school bash

CONNERVILLE – The annual Buckeye Local School District’s “Back to School Bash” celebration is set for Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. on the grounds of Buckeye Local High School and Middle School in Connerville.

The celebratory event is a particularly popular one for Buckeye Local School District students and families.

Seven hundred goodie bags have been packed in preparation for handing out to district students during the two hour long event Sunday.

Organizers of the annual “Bash” know the 700 individual bags stuffed with what are largely donated school supplies will not take long to be exhausted.

Essentially the point of the annual school supply gathering and distribution effort accomplished under the name of the “Back to School Bash,” is to begin providing momentum to the sense of excitement that comes with every first day of school, according to Cindy Schooler, project coordinator and Buckeye Local School District employee.

Any student registered in the Buckeye Local School District is invited to come to the popular event and receive a bag of what are largely school related supplies, explained Schooler, noting that unfortunately each year the demand is expected to surpass the available number of bags.

“These supply bags are for distribution to any Buckeye Local student able to get to the Back to School Bash, and who check in with a representative of their building before the supply is exhausted,” shared Schooler, noting it does not take long to distribute those 700 bags of donated items.

There is really only one eligibility standard students are asked to meet in order to take possession of one of the 700 school supply bags: be a student registered to attend school this fall in the local school district.

“If you are registered to attend school in the Buckeye Local School district this fall you are eligible for a bag of the school related supplies to be distributed during the upcoming school year kick-off event from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013,” shared Schooler.

There are no household financial standards to be reviewed or met before a student is able to be handed a bag of the donated supplies. All a student needs to do is find the place at the “Bash” where they can check in with someone from their school building.

Realistically, the supply of bags stuffed with a collection of donated goods and school items is not large enough to supply one to each student in the district, but every year the number of bags able to be prepared to hand out at the celebration increases.

Schooler noted the bags of donated goods will, as always, be handed out on a first come – first served structure. Organizers simply plan this distribution on the basis of serving as many of the district’s students as possible with the quantity of goods donated from individuals and businesses in surrounding communities.

The common misconception that these bags are prepared only for distribution to students living in households where financial distress levels are extreme has created some hiccups in years past, offered Schooler candidly.

Schooler had high praise for everyone who has been helping with this year’s installment of the “Back to School Bash,” and had particular appreciation for the efforts of the Buckeye Local High School Varsity Cheerleaders for having helped with the project most recently by stocking each of the 700 bags and preparing them for distribution at the event this Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the pre-packed supply bags to be given to students, there will be other giveaways, including large baskets of everyday household goods.

Ticket stubs will be drawn during the event Sunday to determine winners of these baskets of goods.

“When a student signs in that afternoon they will be given tickets to drop in any of the designated collection spots for various prizes. That way, the students get to choose what prizes they want to try to win,” said Schooler.

The “Bash” is more than just about helping families be prepared for the start of the year with school supplies, offered Schooler.

It is a celebration of the fun that can be enjoyed while being part of a particular school’s unique community , she observed.

As has been the practice in past years, there will be dunk tanks, and other games on-site along with fundraising activities which are expected to include the sale of novelty items and clothing sporting Buckeye Local specific messages.

Parents will also have opportunities to sign up their children for involvement, at any time in the year, in various afterschool programs provided free of charge to students in the Buckeye Local School District throughout the year, beginning in the first week of September.

The programs are generally known as available through a specific building’s “Extended Learning Center” (ELC) or being offered through the structure called “P.A.W.S. – Panthers Actively Working for Success”.

These unique programs are exceptional in the quality of activities and educational enrichment resources and opportunities made available to participating students; with some even offering free educational resources and workshops for parents to advance their own abilities and parenting skills in order to help their children be academically successful.

Details of programs, activities, supervision, and transportation will all be available to any parents interested in considering accessing these after school programs available at each school site at any time this academic year.

Also participating with onsite representatives Sunday will be the following “Community Partners” of the Buckeye Local School District: Autumn Health Care, C.A. house Music, Buckeye Local Cross Country, Ohio University Eastern, American Electric Power, Eastern Gateway Community College, Jefferson Behavioral Health, Dillonvale Public Library, Buckeye Local Cheerleaders, JB Green Team, and West Liberty University.

The following businesses, organizations and churches made donations toward filling the 700 supply bags and large baskets prepared for distribution during the Sunday afternoon event: Wheeler Funeral Home, Brilliant UMC, Zeroski Excavating, Borkoski Funeral Home, VFW Yorkville, Yorkville UMC, Rayland UMC, Tiltonsville UMC, Walmart, Meadowbrook Church, Marsili’s, Wal-mart, Hess, Rush Run, Images, Peoples national Bank, Thompson’s Bakery, Huntington Bank, Serenity Hair, Dillonvale NAPA, U.S. bank, Just Hair/Vend It, and National Lubricating.

Various community based emergency responders have been invited to attend the event Sunday afternoon including law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical services units.

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