SALVATION ARMY BACK TO SCHOOL BASH PREPARES STUDENTS TO RETURN TO CLASS EQUIPPED FOR SUCCESS
Annual celebration distributes 135 backpacks stocked with school supplies to students in need.
Pictured (L to R) Dr. Tom Hardiman (Plymouth Sunrise Rotary), Casious Johnson (excited to go back to school!), Lt. Felicia Lyle and Lucinda Carpenter (Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary)
Plymouth, MA (August 16, 2014) – The Salvation Army held its annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 16 at its Plymouth Corps Community Center on Carver Street. Local students and families enjoyed free hot dogs, a bounce house and more to kick off the school year in style.
In connection with the event, 135 backpacks were distributed, stocked with recommended school supplies. Community support enabled the distribution including donations and volunteers from the Plymouth Sunrise Rotary Club, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and the Merrimack Mortgage Company.
Lieutenant Benjamin Lyle, Commanding Officer of the Plymouth Corps Community Center commented on the importance of this annual tradition, “Studies have shown that children who do not have new school supplies at the beginning of the academic year often skip the first several important weeks of class because they are embarrassed and believe that they don’t fit in with their peers.”
The community celebration is about more than simply distributing backpacks, though. Lyle explains that the festive atmosphere is designed to get children excited to return to their classrooms, “This event provides a positive experience for the whole family while playing a crucial role in the academic and personal lives of these children.”
Many parents in attendance filled out applications for The Salvation Army Kids Club program, which provides homework help, enrichment activities and nutritious meals after school.
The Back to School Bash was made possible by a generous $1,000 donation from the Plymouth Sunrise Rotary Club. Members of the club also volunteered at the event. “We are humbled by the public trust people place in The Salvation Army to steward their donations to those who need them most.” Lyle said. “Events like this represent the best of the partnership between community organizations, corporate partners and individuals who come alongside The Salvation Army to do the most good.”
Donations are welcomed to assist The Salvation Army in meeting the needs of Plymouth residents. You can now donate online or make checks to: The Salvation Army, 8 Carver Street, Plymouth, MA 02360