Back to School Celebration planned

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. Tuesday, Aug, 14, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth Street.

This will be the second year of the event, which brings businesses and organizations together to help families and provide a fun way to get ready for a new school year.

“We had such an amazing turnout last year and we can’t wait to do it again,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “This is a great way for families to have a little fun before school starts and to make sure they have everything they need to start the year off right.”

Highlights of the afternoon will include:

  • Free school supplies
  • Free hotdogs, drinks and other food
  • Free Spartan gear
  • Lima Senior Face Painters
  • Wiffle ball game with Lima Senior baseball program
  • Fun with Lima Senior coaches and athletes
  • Talk with school officials
  • Spartan Community Health Center
  • Community agencies
  • Music from 93.9 KISS FM
  • Other games and activities
  • School Resource Officers

Many area businesses and organizations have made the event possible by collecting and donating school supplies and money and providing food. They are listed below:

Salvation Army, Neighborhood Relief, Husky Energy and its Volunteer Council, Volunteer/Auxiliary Outreach Committee of Mercy Health, Lima Community Church, Grace Community Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima UMADOAP, Lima Rotary Club, Lima Pallet, Lima Kiwanis Club, Chase Bank, Sigma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Anytime Fitness, Market Street Presbyterian, Lima First Assembly of God, Lima Education Association, Lima Congress of School Administrative Personnel, OAPSE Local 306, Gordon Food Service, Western Sizzlin, Rightway Food Services, PepsiCo and Reiter Dairy.

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