NEW HAVEN — Food, fun, and school supplies.
Over 100 children came out for the Town of New Haven’s Back-to-School Bash Tuesday, and each one went home with a free backpack filled with school supplies.
It was the sixth year for the event, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell. Local businesses and residents donated the backpacks and supplies, or the money to purchase them.
The event also provides the one time of the year when children are encouraged to play in the middle of the street. Held annually at the fire station, the street in front of it is blocked to traffic. The kids brought skateboards, scooters and bikes to ride where they are normally prohibited. Bubbles, balls, and hula hoops were provided for entertainment, as well.
Juddy and Bernita Allen provided music for dancing, and refreshments of pizza, chips, cookies and drinks were served.
The climax of the evening came as the children gathered around, waiting for their name to be drawn by Mayor Jerry Spradling. It was then that they were given a backpack chosen for them according to age and gender.