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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, 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, and iHeart Radio will provide music.

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.

Thanks to the following partners who have committed to helping collect or fund school supplies: Altrusa International of Lima, Cenovus Lima Refinery, Grace Community Church, Lima Community Church, Lima Kiwanis Club and Aktion Club, Neighborhood Relief, Mercy Health, Salvation Army, UAW Local 1965 Women’s Committee/Dana, Women’s Committee UAW Local 2075 General Dynamics Land System, iHeart Radio, Zion Lutheran Church, Lima Education Association, Lima Congress of School Administrative Personnel and a number of individual donors.

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