POINT PLEASANT — The Presbyterian Church’s Back-to-School Carnival returns today, Friday, July 31.
The carnival is a church tradition and serves as an outreach to the community, providing fellowship, food and free school supplies to area children. The carnival is from 6-8 p.m. outside the church.
One of the unique aspects of the carnival is the way school supplies are distributed. Children go to game stations and after playing the games, they win school supplies.
In addition to hot dogs, drinks and a bounce house, there will be a prize drawing at 7 p.m. The carnival is for children ages pre-school to high school. No one will be turned away due to income and it’s free to all local families.
With the growing cost to return to school, the church is not alone in its giveaway.
A Back-to-School Clothing Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of God Ministry Center in Point Pleasant. Donations will be accepted from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the center. All sizes will be available and are free to all.
In Mason, Soul Harvest Church will hold its Back-to-School Outreach Saturday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, located at 500 Adamsville Road. The outreach will feature free school supplies, lunch and entertainment for the kids.
As previously reported, after registering, children and teenagers will go through a makeshift “assembly line.” They will choose a backpack, then proceed through the line to fill the pack with age-appropriate supplies. Among the items to be given out are pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, paper and notebooks, folders, index cards, scissors, glue sticks, rulers and other items.
In addition, personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes are offered. Rounding out the giveaways are boxes of tissues and disinfecting wipes, which are typically requested of students by their schools.
Families attending will be treated to lunch, including hot dogs and drinks. An inflatable slide and bounce house will be provided at the outreach to keep children entertained while parents are in line.