Back to School Blast!

The kids are going back to school.  That means a new grade level, a new teacher, and a new start!  Last year’s notebooks are filled with numbers, cursive handwriting, and interesting facts. Last year’s folders are stuffed with worksheets and art projects.  The kids need new school supplies for this new year. 

On Monday, August 18, the Rescue Mission of Roanoke hosted a Back to School Blast! With support and hundreds of donations  of school supplies from the community, we were able to provide new bookbags and school supplies formore than 550 kids.  (Last year, we served  300 boys and girls.) Elementary, Middle, and High school students picked out new notebooks, binders, pencil pouches, and book bags.  Inside, more than 30 professional cosmetologists also came to the Blast to give new haircuts to all the kids!  The Rescue Mission clinic provided dental screenings. The Presbyterian Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, and Family Service of the Roanoke Valley all were on hand to provide program information for families about cool stuff happening in 2008-9. 

In addition to all the school supplies and the haircuts, the kids enjoyed the entertainment.  Music from the Freedom Center worship band provided a steady beat as the families visited each booth.  The kids made a dash for Straight Street’s racecar and the Roanoke City K-9 Unit.  They petted and kissed the Mounted Police horses. They rolled their fingers in ink for fingerprints at the Police ID booth.  Kids bopped around and up and down in a blow-up moon bounce and later sat very still for some fun face painting.

Thanks to everyone who made the Blast such a success this year!

Roanoke Times Story Below

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/173723

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