KINGSTON TWP. - A Back to School Bash on Aug. 5 brought young attendees and their parents to the grounds of the Shavertown United Methodist Church to get free school supplies, play games and grab a bite to eat.
The cool autumn-like weather provided the perfect setting for youngsters to start gearing up to go back to school, enjoying brand new supplies which included a backpack, colored pencils, crayons and safety scissors.
Josie Solomon, 4, said her favorite items were markers and safety scissors.
Asked what her favorite school activity was, however, she quickly replied, “recess.”
Sandy Michalisin, church missions and outreach volunteer coordinator, went the “extra mile” in gathering school supplies available to young attendees.
“I went on to the districts’ websites and tried to gather up those items required by the school,” she said.
Judy Walker, in her fifth year as pastor at the church, said the event provided opportunity to show the love of Christ to members of the community in a tangible way.
“Its important to do community outreach as Christians, as a church,” she said.
Nick Michalisin, a member of both the Shavertown Fire Department and of the church, was on hand to give children a tour of a fire truck and to explain about its interworkings.
“When people see us during an emergency, we’re usually covered, even our faces,” he said. “This gives us a chance to let them know that we’re human, so during an emergency, they’re not afraid of us.”
Anna Jackubowski, 6, will head off to first grade in the fall, but seemed to be thinking about the bounce house rather than books.
Mother Michelle Jakubowski said of the event, “We love it. It;’s great to get extra school supplies and to enjoy a day together.”
Jakubowski said, although she had given her three children about a month off from learning, the advent of August meant she is again spending time reviewing skills like math and reading.
The event drew about 100 young attendees who seemed to enjoy everything from the craft table to the rock wall to the hotdogs many carried with them as they made their way through the offered activities.
Gary and Jennifer Young, who manned several games, even fashioned one by hand using pool noodles.
“I think my wife found it on Pinyerest,” Gary said, as he encouraged players to aim one pool noodle through several other pool noodles fashioned in circles.
Items for the event were supplied through donations from the church’s congregation.