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Back to School Celebration, supply give-away Aug. 9

The Lima City Schools will hold its annual Back to School Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth St.

The event will include free school supplies, toiletry items, food, games and other activities. Students are able to select their book bag and then select the school supplies they need.

The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center will have its Abrams Half Pint at the event. Westgate Entertainment will be there with activities, games and chance to win prizes. iHeart Radio will provide music. There will also be community resources and information and giveaways around bike safety and nutrition. The Spartan Health Center will also be at the park, along with the Spartan Face Painters.

The Lima Police will grill hotdogs and the West Ohio Food Bank will have weekend meals to distribute to families.

The district is currently accepting donated school supplies. They can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the district’s Central Services Building, 600 E. Wayne St. Supplies are needed by Aug. 1.

The following are partnering for this year’s event, providing school supplies or food: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution’s Women in Corrections Committee, Altrusa International of Lima, Cenovus Lima Refinery, Charles River Laboratories, Citizens National Bank, Culligan, Dollar General, Grace Community Church, Gordon Food Service, Lima Education Association, Lima Congress of School Administrative Personnel, Lima Community Church, Lima Kiwanis Club and Aktion Club, Lima Memorial Health System, Lima Rotary Club, Mercy Health, Market Street Presbyterian Church, Nickles Bakery, Peacock Water, Reiter Dairy, Rightway Food Service, Trinity United Methodist Church, Zion Lutheran Church, Neighborhood Relief, Salvation Army, Sam’s Club, UAW Local 1765 Women’s Committee/Dana, Women’s Committee UAW Local 2075 General Dynamics Land System, eastside Walmart, the Women’s Collective Leadership Group and several individuals who have donated.

This year’s Back to School Celebration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at MLK Park.