Grand Rapids, MI (August 1, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced today it will celebrate the new school year with a back-to-school event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The event will feature carnival-style games for families to play and win school supplies at the David D. Hunting YMCA. Attendees will also receive a free backpack full of supplies, including markers, glue sticks, pencils, folders, notebooks and other items. The event will include art projects, games, face painting, treats, giveaways and more. Supplies are limited and available while they last.


“For many, back-to-school shopping is an annual rite of passage,” said Johnathan Pope, District Executive Director, David D. Hunting YMCA. “But for some families, it can also be an economic hardship. That’s why the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is committed to working with our community partners to make sure all kids have the tools they need to be successful in school.”

The YMCA is able to offer the event through the generous support of its sponsors, including the following companies: Feyen Zylstra, Andy J. Egan Co., Inc., Five Below, Great Lakes Dental, Sam’s Club, Meijer, Discount School Supply, NxGen MDx, and Target.


What:            Back-to-School Event

When:         6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2018

Admission:  Free, open to anyone in the community

Who:           Preschool – 8th Grade

Where:         David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Y is committed to ensuring kids develop stronger minds, bodies and spirits. All kids deserve to reach their potential – and providing them with the tools to do so is one way we can make an impact.