NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven and New Haven Elementary School (NHES) are once again collaborating to provide students an entire evening of activities before returning to school.
Both events will take place Tuesday, with NHES holding its back-to-school bash from 4 to 6 p.m. on the school grounds. Then students can make their way to the New Haven Fire Station, where the town will hold its party from 7 to 9 p.m.
According to NHES Principal Stacy Bissell, the school event will give students the opportunity to meet their teachers, as well as start them off on a positive note.
In addition to the teachers, members of the school PTI will have a booth for parents and caregivers wishing to get involved, or to sign up as a parent volunteer. School nurse Samantha Knapp will be on hand, and representatives from Pleasant Valley Hospital are also expected to attend.
There will be inflatables for the kids, and hotdogs, chips and popsicles will be served to all attending. Each student will receive a free book, and school supplies will be given out by drawings.
The town event will be a street party in front of the fire station on Fifth Street, with the road being closed to traffic.
Bernita and Juddy Allen will be providing music for dancing. 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. Backpacks will be geared for elementary students, as well as junior/senior high students.
Gino’s will once again be donating pizza for the children, with other refreshments also being served.
“Our street party would not be possible without all the donations from the community,” said Recorder Roberta Hysell.
The town is accepting donations of school supplies and backpacks until Monday evening. They can be dropped off at the city building.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.