YMCA Celebrates New School Year with Back to School Event and Donated School Supplies

Grand Rapids, MI (August 18, 2014) – On August 22, from 6:00-8:00pm, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will celebrate the new school year with a Back to School bash. The event will host carnival style games in the David D. Hunting YMCA’s KidZone/FitZone for families to play and win school supplies.

The event is geared toward elementary school-aged kids and will have art projects, games, face painting, treats, giveaways and more! Guests will have the opportunity to learn about bus safety from Buster the Safety Bus and receive a free vision screening test by Sam’s Club. Activities by Grand Rapids Public Library, Kent County’s Great Start Collaborative, and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program will also be on hand.

The YMCA will be accepting donations of school supplies until August 22. Donation needs include markers, colored pencils, new backpacks, No. 2 pencils, crayons, ballpoint pens, white glue or glue sticks, child-safety scissors, rulers, highlighters, folders, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, calculators, and index cards. Scholastic Books helped donate books for the event and McDonalds donated apples for the snack.

What:         Back to School Event

When:        Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Admission: $3 per child

Where:       David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Each fall, as the school year approaches, parents take their children back-to-school shopping. Many of us take this for granted as a necessary step to help prepare our children to excel academically. But across our community there are families who cannot afford backpacks, school supplies or keep up with the clothing needs of growing children. The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is seeking to provide these school supplies for the children in our community, so they can start school with the tools needed to be successful.

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