KINGSTON TWP. — New notebooks, new pencils and new crayons – the back to school checklists are forming, and Shavertown United Methodist Church will help area parents fulfill the requirements on Aug. 4.
The cost of back to school supplies, combined with clothing and shoes, can be an expense to many household budgets. SUMC hopes to soften the sting of academic prepping by holding its annual Back-To-School Bash.
The Back-To-School Bash is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the church pavilion next to St. Nicholas Cemetery off North Pioneer Avenue in Shavertown.
“We went to the Dallas School District website and printed a supply list for each grade,” Sandy Michalisin, the event organizer with SUMC, said. “We collected school supplies from church members and purchased some items.”
Children entering kindergarten and first grade will receive items such as glue sticks and crayons, she said. While older students will get binders, loose leaf paper, pens and pencils, Michalisin said.
“Dallas requires students to have clear or mesh backpacks so we purchased mesh and clear backpacks,” she said.
The church’s commitment get area youth ready for a new academic year has been received with much appreciation from parents, Michalisin said.
“Parents were very grateful,” Michalisin said about last year’s Bash, which attracted 75 children and their families.
According to the National Retail Federation, which is the world’s largest retail trade association, stated families with children in kindergarten to 12th grade to spend an average of $684.79 per child on school supplies, clothes and shoes.
Families with a college-bound student are anticipated to spend $942.17 per child, the NRF reported on their website, www.nrf.com.
Even though school preparation is starting does not mean that summer fun is over — just yet.
The Back-To-School Bash will also feature a Bounce House, games, a craft and a snack for children, Michalisin said.
“The kids love the Bounce House,” she said. “It is a good time all around.”
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