JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Nearly, 1500 students packed the Mini-Dome in 2015 at the 3rd Annual Back-to-School Bash. Sadly, there was no event last year.
“Sadly in 2016, we didn’t have the funding for the Back-to-School Bash. So this year, we are excited. We are hoping to get a great sponsorship,” said event coordinator Beth Cox.
That’s why Cox and Bonnie White are starting early reaching out to the community to revive this program aimed at getting kids excited about school.
“There’s a lot that goes into it and there are several things that we need to purchase. There are volunteers that we need. We really need to start now thinking about how many kids are we going to try to serve. We like to serve around 1500 kids,” said Johnson City schools homeless coordinator Bonnie White.
While the games and attractions are fun, the most exciting part of the Back-to-School Bash is when students get a much-needed backpack and school supplies.
“Every year you see kids that sit down as soon as they get away from the table and they are going through everything saying,. ‘Look mom! I’ve got this! I’ve got that!'” said White.
And, more importantly, bringing an entire community together to show support for students before they start the next school year.
“We just want the community to come out and see what an awesome day this is,” said Cox.
The event is scheduled for August 5 at Science Hill. For more information contact Bonnie White at Central Office at 423-434-5200 or at email@example.com.