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BACK TO SCHOOL BASHES

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By Bryan Marshall

WILLIAMSTOWN:
Williamstown Independent School will join as one campus to celebrate returning to class Aug. 10 with a Back to School Bash.
The district decided to forego its usual Sundae Social, Readi-Fest and back to school events for each school for the 2012-13 school year.
The bash will include games, food and a free movie to kick off the school year.


“We were trying to look at families who, theoretically, could have three kids and could have to come three different nights,” said Kelly West, Family Resource and Youth Service Center director. “We want to try to streamline it more. We are a small district and we want it to have that feel. We want to create excitement about coming back to school. We want to get it off on a positive note.”


The Back to School Bash will include registration for ninth through 12th grades from 5 to 6 p.m. in gym one, followed by first through fifth grade in gym two and sixth through eighth grade in gym one from 6 to 7 p.m.


Kindergarten orientation will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in gym two.
Enrollment packets are online at the district’s website at www.wtown.k12.ky.us.


Parents are encouraged to fill the forms out ahead of time and bring a proof of residency to speed up the process on Aug. 10.


The district will be giving away an Ipad to one lucky student who has their forms turned by the bash.


“The more information that we have the first day of school, the better it is for everybody,” West said.


Parents of Williamstown Elementary students should park in the front parking lot or by gym two.


Williamstown Middle and High School parents should park in the parking lot by the band room and board office.
In celebration of back to school, the district wants attendees to show their Williamstown spirit by wearing orange and black or a Williamstown T-shirt as they pick up their schedule, pay fees and meet their teachers.


There will be a free movie presented by Grant County Parks and Recreation at 9 p.m. at the baseball field, along with games and food and drinks available for purchase.
“I think this is just going to grow,” West said. “This is our baby step. It’s something new and we want to try something new. I think it will be fun.”


GRANT COUNTY:
Plenty of free school supplies will be given away at the fourth annual Back to School Blowout to kick off the beginning of the school year.
The non-smoking event, sponsored by the Grant County Community Education and Grant County Parks and Recreation, will be from 7 p.m. to dark Saturday, Aug. 11 in the cattle barn at Grant County Park in Crittenden.


“It gets them in the mindset that school is coming back into session,” said Tabatha Clemons, Grant County Parks and Recreation director. “This is an opportunity for everybody to have something new when they start back to school.”


Along with free school supplies, Grant County students can enjoy free hot dogs and a screening of “The Lorax” in the park.


Students will also have an opportunity to tour a new school bus.
Children must be a Grant County resident in kindergarten through 12th grade to participate and a child must be present to receive school supplies.


More than 25 vendors, including local churches, organizations and businesses, will be handing out everything from crayons to glue sticks to get students prepared for school.


Each school’s family resource center also will be available to answer questions and provide information.


Last year, more than 900 students were served during the Back to School Blowout.


“It’s a great way to have a community gathering where we are surrounding the kids with love and support before they get ready to start their new school year.”