Give Your Kids a Shot in the Arm

South Kitsap School District, in cooperation with the Kitsap County Health District, will offer free (costing nada) immunizations at its back-to-school celebration on Saturday.

The Kitsap Sun recently ran an article on new immunization requirements for sixth graders. And in May, there was a comprehensive article about new school immunization requirements and how confusing they can be for parents.

In recent years, school districts have been spending more and more time riding herd on families whose children are missing vaccinations/immunizations. In the May article, Janet Kauzlarich, immunization coordinator for the health district said, “People need to be thinking about it now, not waiting until the last minute.” Each year, the health district gets a surge of patients needing shots in August and September.

Check with your school district about upcoming back-to-school events where you may be able to access free vaccinations. Here’s the information on South Kitsap’s event.

SKSD to Hold Back-to-School Celebration
South Kitsap School District will hold its fourth annual Back-to-School Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the South Kitsap High School track.
The event will feature performances by the district’s Summer Band, SKHS Cheerleaders, Just For
Kicks, the Academy of Dance, and Cultural Dancers led by Ruth Loihle. The day will culminate in a kids’ parade led by the South Kitsap Community Band and the SKSD Summer Band.
Booths from organizations, businesses, and schools will line the track with kid-centered displays, demonstrations, and activities. There will also be hands-on games, art projects and school bus rides.
All activities and performances are free. All students must be accompanied by an adult.
SKSD, in cooperation with the Kitsap County Health District, will offer free immunizations at the event.
The celebration is part of the district-wide Family Friendly Schools Initiative begun during the 2004-05 school year. The initiative is a nation-wide program created to enhance student learning by encouraging family engagement and fostering two-way communication between the families and schools.
For more information, contact Aimee Warthen at (360) 874-7002.

4 thoughts on “Give Your Kids a Shot in the Arm

  1. I can say with total conviction and honesty that I am done with SKSD. Completely, no more kids attending, no more kindergartners to read to, no more stories of outstanding seniors (they have a PAO, who can handle that), no more volunteering on field trips, or teaching classes in PNW native plants, no more author visits, no more levies to worry about, I am done.

    It took a while to get to this point. Everyone said, “Think of the kids,” but that sounds like the advice some give regarding staying in an abusive relationship.

    I started feeling about as used and abused as someone in a bad marriage. So, the divorce is final, it was initiated March 12th and finalized June 16th. I am done with SKSD.

    I am sure they won’t miss me, just maybe my vote and my voice of support. But, hey, they never honored those either.


  2. Just got back from the SKSD Back to School Celebration. Great to see so many people there!

    Special thanks to those to coordinated the event, those who volunteered their time and energy, and to those merchants and businesses that donated time, talents, and resources to the event!

    The line for immunization was long, which indicated a need being fulfilled! Thank you, Kitsap County Health Department! I heard more than a few parents say how much the free immunizations and school supplies opportunity made tough fiscal times just a little easier.

    There were lots of fun things going on, too. Jumbo inflatable toys, singing and dancing from various local groups, our SKHS Band played (and they and the SKHS Band Booster Club served up the free hot dogs, freeze pops, and water). Port Orchard Police and SK Fire District representatives were there with their big rigs. One local merchant was giving away free back to school haircuts (ok, so maybe that was only fun for the parents -smile). There was a dunk tank. Several principals, our new superintendent, and even a school board member (not me) took their turns letting kids take shots at dunking them.

    Again, thanks to all who helped make this event a success for families in South Kitsap. There is much to celebrate in our community!

    Kathryn Simpson

  3. Hi Karen,

    I tried to get around to all of the booths, but I don’t recall Young Life. Were they possible sharing a booth with an entity with a different name?

    My daughter has several friends that participate in Young Life.

    Kathryn Simpson

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