Friday Afternoon Club: Top 10 Reasons to Attend SKSD Back-to School Event

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: South Kitsap High School Track

1. It’s free. I should have put it under the heading “Cheap Thrills.”
2. There will be free school supplies, kid-centered displays, demonstrations and activities. Balloons, coupons for haircuts and other good stuff as well.
3. There will be free performances by musical and dance groups.
4. There will be free bus rides (for those who can’t get enough during the school year). Also recommended for newbie riders. Welcome to kindergarten, kids!
5. The district wants to encourage families to do stuff with their kids.
6. The district wants to promote communication between school staff and families.
7. There will be free immunizations. Maybe not your kid’s idea of an afternoon of fun and games, but they’ll need to be up on their shots before school starts. And, you’ve heard this before, the vaccinations are free.
8. There will be free food (maybe that should have gone at the top of the list).
9. The event will culminate in a kids’ parade.
10. Did I mention it’s free?

Here’s the announcement that will run in the Kitsap Sun Friday:

South Kitsap School District will host its annual Back to School Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satuday at the South Kitsap High School track.
The event has grown over the years, with a host of activities and services, including free immunizations. It is free to the general public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Booths from community organizations, businesses and schools will line the track, offering kid-centered displays, demonstrations and activities. Among the offerings will be school supplies, refreshments, hands-on games, art projects and school bus rides.
There will be performances by South Kitsap School District’s Summer Band, the Sidney Glen Orchestra, SKHS Cheerleaders, the SKSD Guitar Group, Just for Kicks, the Academy of Dance, Cultural Dancers led by Ruth Loihle, and a group of Irish Dancers. The day will culminate in a kids’ parade lead by the South Kitsap High School Band and the summer band.
The district, in cooperation with the Kitsap County Health District, will offer a free immunization clinic. Immunizations available meet the legal requirement for vaccinations all school age children must have before beginning school in the fall.
The celebration is part of the district-wide Family Friendly Schools Initiative begun during the 2004-05 school year. It is a nation-wide program created to enhance student learning by encouraging family engagement and promoting two-way communication between families and schools.
All supplies, food and give-away items for the event are donated by local businesses, community groups, and individuals.
For more information, contact Aimee Warthen at (360) 874-7002.

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