Bend Area back-to-school events

Mindy Kearns - Special to Ohio Valley Publishing

BEND AREA — Students in the Bend Area will have an entire evening of entertainment before returning to classes, when the Town of New Haven and New Haven Elementary School (NHES) host back-to-school events.

The entities are holding separate parties, but have coordinated the events to be held on the same day, Tues., Aug. 18.

By timing the events just right, the children will have continuous activities throughout the evening. The elementary school will host its event on the school grounds from 4 to 6 p.m. The town’s street party will take over at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. It will be held in front of the fire station on Fifth Street.

Stacy Bissell, principal at NHES, said this is the second year the school has held its back-to-school event. She added it gets the community involved, and gives students the chance to informally meet their teachers.

“The children feel more comfortable being able to meet their teachers in the informal setting,” the principal stated.

Along with the teacher meet-and-greet, each student attending will receive a free book and a chance to win one of several book bags.

Inflatables and the playground will provide entertainment for the children, as well as karaoke. Adults will be able to register their children for class if they haven’t yet had the opportunity. There will also be information tables set up by organizations.

Hotdogs and drinks will be available to all attending.

The town street party will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the fire station, with the road being blocked off to traffic until 8 p.m., according to Roberta Hysell, recorder.

Bernita and Juddy Allen will be providing music for dancing, and there will be sidewalk chalk, balls and hula hoops for entertainment and contests. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to those whose names are drawn. There will be packs for both elementary and junior/senior high students.

Free pizza, compliments of Gino’s, as well as cookies and drinks will be served. The Mason County Prevention Coalition, formerly the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition, will also be on hand with information, according to Brittni Kaylor, coordinator.

Donations of backpacks and school supplies are still being accepted at the New Haven City Building, Hysell said.

Mindy Kearns

Special to Ohio Valley Publishing