Droves of parents and children were lined up Saturday morning to take part in the Kids Day back-to-school celebration.
The sixth annual Kids Day was held at Rotary Park in Maysville. Several activities were available for kids to take part in along and free refreshments were available.
A very welcome sight for some families, however, was the free give-away of school supplies.
“We bring some fun here for the kids for kind of a back-to-school celebration,” said LaRon Washington, creator and organizerof the Kids Day event. “Our main focus is just to give backpacks and school supplies to the families of kids that need them.”
Washington said Kids Day was an event that he created all on his own, with the help of New Hope Community Services as co-sponsors this year. What was first an event that he funded to provide school supplies, has become funded almost completely by donations.
“I grew up kind of poor myself,” Washington said “and so to have school supplies, at least backpacks, I think it’s a big help for some single parents. It’s just another finance they don’t have to worry about.”
With the help of the community, and Washington’s efforts, Kids Day received around 400-500 backpacks to give away to children.
Activities for the children were numerous, with inflatables for the kids to play on and yard games like giant checkers and hula hoop ring tosses. Clara Fryman, 11, said the event was lots of fun and she enjoyed playing the games.
Amy Carpenter, from Ewing, said she has attended Kids Day for four years and believes the event is great for children and parents.
“The kids benefit, and they have a fun day before they go back to school,” she said.
Even newer members of the community like Richard Heber, who has lived in Mason County for a year, appreciated the kindness of giving back to the community
“I’ve lived in a lot of counties over the past 20-25 years, and this is the first county I’ve ever seen that actually help the kids the way they do here,” Heber said.
Ashley Moore, with New Hope Community Services, was pleased to see an individual, not part of any particular organization, resolved to help the community.
“I think it’s amazing and very neat that there’s so many families that maybe don’t have the resources that they need, or lacking in some areas, and somebody would put in work to help them out,” she said.