With the 4th of July already behind us and summer break half gone, many people are thinking ahead to the beginning of a new school year.
While preparing for a new school year is traditionally left to families who must purchase clothing and school supplies for children, it puts an added strain on paychecks and budgets. But some relief can be found at back-to-school events sponsored by local school districts.
This year, Mason County School District’s Back to School Fair is set for Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 4 until 6 p.m., at the Mason County STEAM Academy. The event is being organized by Mary Robinson-Griffey, Family Resource Center coordinator, Ashley Kirk, Youth Services Center coordinator and Luanne Bellingham, community education director.
Robinson-Griffey said many families take advantage of the event to supplement school supplies and to reconnect with classmates after the summer vacation.
“It’s a good opportunity for them to meet their teachers,” she said. Administrators will also be on hand to meet students and parents.
Students will receive grade-appropriate supplies and several agencies will set up booths with information on available resources and offer give-aways, Robinson-Griffey said.
As an added treat, there will be free pizza to snack on and a shaved ice truck will be parked on site, offering a complimentary shaved ice to each child. There will also be a bouncy house for kids to enjoy.
Fleming County’s Back to School Gala is scheduled for Aug. 2, from noon-3 p.m., at Simons Middle School.
All students entering Fleming County Schools are welcome to attend and take part in a free lunch that will be offered at the site.
In Lewis County, the Back to School Event is set for July 23, from 5-7 p.m., at Lewis County High School.
The event, hosted by the Lewis County Educational Foundation, is open to all children enrolled in the Lewis County School District, from preschool to high school or even Head Start, according to information from the district’s website.
Those attending the event can expect to find back-to-school supplies and information from local agencies and programs. Organizers also promise “plenty of fun.” Children must be present to receive school supplies.
Augusta Independent School will host Read-I-Fest, Aug. 9, from 4-6 p.m., at the school.
Robertson County Schools is hosting a Back-to-School Tailgate Party and Open House on Monday, Aug. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m., at the school.
Bracken County Schools is hosting a series of events for each school beginning at the middle school on July 25 4-6:30 p.m., for sixth graders and Aug. 7, 5-7 p.m., for seventh and eighth graders. Taylor Elementary School also has an event planned for Aug. 7, 5-7 p.m., for students who will be attending that school. High school students are invite to a back-to=school event on Aug. 6 from 4-6 p.m.
For more information on any of the events, please contact individual school districts.