The Pulaski YMCA is excited to announce that they will host Pulaski County’s 3rd Annual Back to School Bash set for Saturday, July 29th on the back fields at the YMCA. This is a rain or shine event.
This free community event runs 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and is open to all school-aged children in Pulaski County. Through a partnership with several local businesses, churches and organizations, the YMCA is again organizing a carnival type event full of games and entertainment to give students the chance to win free school supplies for the upcoming year. Pulaski County Public Schools, Meadowview Apartments, New River Resource Authority, Radford Athletics, and Family Preservation Services are some of the organizations assisting in this event. In addition, several churches have also joined in this effort including First Presbyterian Church, Jordan’s Chapel UMC, and Northstar Pulaski just to name a few.
While the event was originally conceived to help lower-income children in the area, it was eventually changed to give everyone the same chance they deserved and be fair to all. “We had close to 300 children along with their families participate in last year’s event,” says YMCA director Allison Hunter. “We are hoping for bigger turnout this year and want to get the word out about this awesome event to benefit our youth in Pulaski County.”
According to Adam Pace, event director, about $800 has been raised so far to purchase school supplies for the event, mainly through donations. But they are looking for more donations, either in school supplies being bought for the event or through additional monies for the planning committee to purchase on their own. Those supplies will be given away to ticket holders who earn them from playing various games.
The games will be set up at each booth, which will showcase local businesses and organizations interested in participating in the Back to School Bash. About 12-13 booths are currently confirmed, and the YMCA is looking to get more businesses, churches and organizations. There is no charge for businesses to set up a booth, but they are responsible for their own table, chairs and cleanup, and they are also required to feature a game at their booth. If interested in running a booth and/or giving to this event, please contact Allison or Adam at the Y, 980-3671.
With a hot afternoon expected, cooling stations with water will be set up for the kids to cool down during the outdoor event. Popcorn and other snacks will also be provided. The bash is open to all ages, although children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Pulaski YMCA Facebook page has additional information about the Back to School Bash.