The Lima City Schools and many community partners will again give away free school supplies at a Back to School Celebration planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug, 7, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth Street.
This is the third year of the event, which brings businesses, organizations and churches together to help families and provide a fun way to get ready for a new school year.
This year’s event will be a true cookout, as Lima Police Officers will grill hot dogs right at the park.
“We are so excited to again bring this wonderful event to our community,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “It is so much fun to see our families and to be able to help our kids get ready for a new school year.”
Highlights of the afternoon will include:
- Free school supplies
- Free hot dogs, drinks and other food
- Free Spartan gear
- Lima Senior Face Painters
- Talk with school officials
- School Resource Officers and K-9s
- Spartan Community Health Center
- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
- Community agencies
- RTA Trolley
- Other games and activities
Many area businesses and organizations have made the event possible by collecting and donating school supplies and money, and by providing food. They are listed below:
Salvation Army, Neighborhood Relief, Grace Community Church, Lima Community Church, Husky Lima Refinery Volunteer Council, Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution’s Women in Corrections Committee, Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima Kiwanis Club, Altrusa International of Lima, Webb Insurance, Gordon Food Service, Lima Mall, Walmart Lima Education Association and Lima Congress for School Administrative Personnel.
Thank you also to the City of Lima for use of Martin Luther King Park.
Like last year, the district is asking families to bring along a non-perishable food donation to the event. The food will go to the district’s food pantries.