Area youth got a chance on Saturday to enjoy a lovely summer day at the park and prepare to head back to school with the help of a local church. New Covenant Church hosted its fifth annual Back to School Bash at Elkin Municipal Park where members provided kids in need with a free book bag, hair cut and a chance to celebrate the end of summer with fun activities like face painting and a bouncy slide.
Pastor Jeramie Dawson said the event is an important part of their outreach ministry and their church’s mission to support the local community.
“We just want to be a blessing to the community,” Dawson and his wife Kendra said.
Throughout the day, there was live music performed by the church’s praise band and singer Nate Adams and the Wesley Chapel choir. Attendees also enjoyed a hot dog lunch.
The event was made possible through church volunteers and a host of business sponsors from the community including All-Star Rentals, Circle K, Combs Butcher Shoppe, Cooke Rentals of Mount Airy, Dodge City Steak House, Elkin Service Lube, Frontier Natural Gas, Gigi’s Style Studio, Heavenly Treasurers, Jaime’s PA Rentals and Recording, John Boys Barbecue, Jordan Roberts Productions, Lowe’s Home Improvement, McDonalds, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Papa Johns Pizza, Pepsi Co, Real del Monte, Sheetz, Shema Kids Christian Academy, Sonic, Stylist Dara Dawson and Walmart.
Though not necessarily excited about the prospect of heading back to school, children were certainly having a good time at the bash. Diego Casares said he wasn’t ready to be back in school, but he was “maybe” happy about his new haircut.
“We’re having a great time getting our face painted, having some food, bouncy house, having a blast with all the kids getting ready for back to school,” said Kayla Finger. “We can’t wait.”
Finger’s 8-year-old daughter Lexie was not quite as buzzed about back to school, but she was enjoying getting a star painted on her face. Finger said her 5-year-old son William, who was getting a Mohawk haircut, was thrilled about heading back to school. Lexie did say her favorite subject was reading.
This year the church doubled the number of book bags on hand to distribute and Dawson said the church wanted to grow the number from last year in hopes of reaching as many children in need as possible.
“There are so many kids out there who need our support,” he said.
New Covenant Church is located at 1627 N. Bridge St. For more information about the church, visit www.nccnow.org.
Another local charity is holding a book bag and school supply distribution for those in need on Monday at 5 p.m. at the CenturyLink parking lot on North Bridge Street.
The drive is coordinated by I Support My Community, an all-volunteer charitable organization focused on youth development. CenturyLink is a sponsor of the book bag drive along with multiple sponsors.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 33-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.