|New Washington Christian Church to help prepare students for upcoming school year|
Backpack Giveaway, Family
Fun Night set July 26
Local children are enjoying their summer vacations soaking up the rays while swimming, boating and playing outside. Children are staying up past their normal bed times because that’s what you do on vacation. While local children are still excited about summer break, parents, guardians and teachers are already preparing for the upcoming school year. A local church is also preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
New Washington Christian Church is hosting their sixth annual Backpack Giveaway and Family Fun Night on Saturday, July 26. The fun evening will be held 5 to 7 p.m. with backpacks given away at 6 p.m. The event is free.
The backpack giveaway will be for elementary, middle and high school students at New Washington schools. The first 100 students will be guaranteed a backpack, according to Donita Bower, one of the organizers of the event. Bower, along with Kelly Davis and Jenny Ivers have been working to ensure the success of the annual event.
“Whatever we need always shows up. Most of the time there is no need to go outside the church. We always seem to get everything we need,” Bower stated.
This year the trio received the supply lists for elementary students and reviewed the list. From those lists, Bower, Davis and Ivers, chose the items that will be placed inside the backpacks given to the local students by New Washington Christian Church.
“There will be tissues, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, Clorox wipes, pencils, zip loc baggies, notebook, eraser and folder in each backpack,” Bower explained. “I work at the school and I see the cost to get kids registered. I see parents signing up for school and free or reduced lunch and books. Then they are given a list of supplies they need for the first day of school. It is expensive,” Bower added.
Bower continued, “I always have a few backpacks on hand later in the year. I get someone to come in and say, ‘do you have another backpack?’ I say, ‘yes, I sure do’.”
The family fun night is another outreach for the church to local families.
“We want to appeal to the parents and the kids. We are looking for the fun and fellowship of it,” Ivers explained.
Davis added, “It’s fun for the families to come.”
The church has had different themes each year for the Family Fun Night and Backpack Giveaway. This year there will be a dualing bouncy inflatable house, yard games and face painting. There will also be hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and freezer pops.
“We want families to come out and enjoy the night. Come eat and just hang out,” Bower added.
New Washington Christian Church is located at the corner of 3rd and Center Street in New Washington. Pastor Jake McGee welcomes the community to the Backpack Giveaway and Family Fun Night, and also to the church services. Sunday School is offered at 9:30 a.m. for youth and adults. Worship service follows beginning at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.
If inclement weather occurs on July 26, the Backpack Giveaway and Family Fun Night will be held inside the church.
For more information regarding the Backpack Giveaway and Family Fun Night please contact Donita Bower at 812-293-3713.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:05|