Grand Rapids, MI (August 17, 2016) – On August 19, from 6:00-8:00 pm, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will celebrate the new school year with a Back to School Bash. The event will host carnival-style games in the David D. Hunting YMCA’s KidZone/FitZone for families to play and win school supplies. Presented in partnership with the Feyen-Zylstra Community Foundation, the event will also include art projects, games, face painting, treats, and give-aways.

The Y is accepting donations of school supplies for the event until August 19. Donation needs include: markers, colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, crayons, ballpoint pens, white glue or glue sticks, child-safety scissors, rulers, highlighters, folders, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, calculators, backpacks, and index cards. Donations can be dropped off at the David D. Hunting YMCA.

What: Back to School Bash
When: Friday, August 19, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Admission: Free and open to the public
Where: David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Each fall, as the school year approaches, parents take their children back-to-school shopping. Many of us take this for granted as a necessary step to help prepare our children to excel academically. But across our community there are families who cannot afford backpacks, school supplies or keep up with the clothing needs of growing children. The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, in partnership with area businesses, is seeking to help provide these school supplies for the children in our community, so they can start school with the tools needed to be successful.