The Pulaski YMCA is excited to announce that they will host Pulaski County’s 5th Annual Back to School Bash set for August 3rd on the back fields at the YMCA. This is a rain or shine event.
This free community event runs 10:00 am to 12:00 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, Pulaski Fire Department, Pulaski Police Department, New River Resource Authority, and Radford Athletics are some of the organizations assisting in this event. In addition, several churches have also joined in this effort including 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 200 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 $500 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.
The bash is open to all Pulaski County Students, although children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Students must also be present to win prizes.