Welcoming back students in the Bend Area


By Mindy Kearns

School was back in session across Mason County today, but not before students at New Haven Elementary (NHES) were treated to the annual “Back-to-School Bash” Tuesday evening.

Hundreds of youngsters and their parents flocked to the county’s largest elementary school to meet the teachers and principal, as well as learn about opportunities available to them.

“I was really pleased by the turnout and community support,” said Walter Raynes, NHES principal. “I feel it was a great springboard for the school year ahead.”

This is Raynes’ first year at the Bend Area school, after having served as principal at Point Pleasant Intermediate School for the past two-and-a-half years. Prior to going to PPIS, Raynes taught English for a number of years at Wahama High School.

Representatives from several school and community groups set up booths at the bash to educate those attending on various programs and activities.

Troy Stewart of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department explained the D.A.R.E. program, presented to the county’s fifth graders. Also represented was the Good News Club, an after-school faith-based program.

Parents were given the opportunity to become members of the school’s PTI, which also hosted a booth. The group collected school supplies during the bash, and held drawings for students to win credit towards future book fairs.

Several community groups were represented, as well. The Mason County Library gave out free books and book bags to each child attending. The local Girl Scout troop educated attendees on their program.

The police chiefs from all three Bend Area towns, Mason’s Rich Gilkey, New Haven’s Dave Hardwick, and Hartford’s Sam Anderson, mingled among the students, while the New Haven Fire Department brought a fire engine for students to explore.

Students’ first day off from classes will be Sept. 4 for Labor Day.

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Troy Stewart of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department hosted a booth at the New Haven Elementary School “Back-to-School Bash” to explain the D.A.R.E. program, which is presented to fifth grade students each year.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_8.17-PPR-Back-2.jpgTroy Stewart of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department hosted a booth at the New Haven Elementary School “Back-to-School Bash” to explain the D.A.R.E. program, which is presented to fifth grade students each year.

Students and parents had the opportunity to meet the teachers and new principal at New Haven Elementary Tuesday evening, when the annual “Back-to-School Bash” was held. Students across the county began classes today. Pictured are the pre-school staff speaking with several of those who attended.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_8.17-PPR-Backtoschool.jpgStudents and parents had the opportunity to meet the teachers and new principal at New Haven Elementary Tuesday evening, when the annual “Back-to-School Bash” was held. Students across the county began classes today. Pictured are the pre-school staff speaking with several of those who attended.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.