POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church’s Back-to-School Carnival returns this Friday.
The event is from 6-8 p.m. outside the church along 8th Street which will be closed to traffic for the event.
This free event provides all area school-age children with school supplies and a free meal is served during the carnival as well.
Those children who are in preschool (age 4) through high school, are eligible to attend the carnival. This year, instead of door prizes, the church has purchased 300 backpacks which will be given away at the carnival. Children must be present to receive a backpack while supplies last.
Of course, those children will need something to put in those backpacks, like actual supplies. Available at the giveaway will also be items like crayons, markers, erasers, pencils, pens, paper, construction paper, etc. The church has devised a “fun way” to receive these supplies by allowing the children to play games at different stations, winning coupons which can be redeemed at the “school supply store” where they can pick out what they need. New carnival games have been added this year.
In addition, there will be inflatables for the children to enjoy and the church will be serving hot dogs, chips, cookies and a drink to all who attend.
The church typically fills 8th Street with people for the carnival which provides school supplies to anywhere from 100 to 150 children a year.
The church has been providing this free carnival for around 15 years and it serves as an outreach program for the community. The church also hosts a free Thanksgiving meal for the community each November as well, also as an outreach program to give back to those who need it most.
There are no income eligibility guidelines for the back-to-school carnival so anyone can attend.
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