"We expect about 400-500 people to attend. So we have that amount in book bags with a variety of school supplies to give to the kids."
CareSouth Clinic in Donaldsonville held their annual Back to School Bash on August 5. It began around 12 p.m. and ran until 3 p.m. It was a fun filled day for some kids, with an inflatable to jump around in and some free food to munch on. Volunteers from Emmanuel Baptist Church were offering free haircuts for the boys so they'll look their best on their first day. Even the Pastor and his wife were in attendance.
"We really want to make sure the kids will be ready for their first day of school without any other stress," Wanda August, a congregation member, said.
This event by CareSouth has been taking place the last 4-5 years.
"It took us about two and a half months to get the event organized," Matthew Valliere, CEO of CareSouth said. "We've held this event in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, and Zachary, which is where we also offer CareSouth services. We expect about 400-500 people to attend. So we have that amount in book bags with a variety of school supplies to give to the kids."
To get the supplies, participants had to receive six different stamps, and pick up the supplies from the six different stations that were set up. Not only did that keep parents engaged, but children as well. With a daughter of his own, Valliere explained the importance of the event.
"We want the kids to have a good start to school with the things that they need, as well as providing them with some fun before classes begin."
Although the main focus of the event was supplying kids with supplies and some fun, there were additional vendors focusing on things like health services that parents could use. The Back to School Bash provided many resources for both parents and children, and providing resources is something that's important to State Representative Ken Brass.
"Part of my campaign was to develop resources and programs oriented towards education, so this event is something I'm happy to be a part of," Brass said.
Brass sits on the Education Board for the state, so children being able to attend school with the supplies they require is something that is important to him. He was excited to be around the children and adults that attended the event, interacting with many of them.
"I'm glad this event is bringing the community together, while also preparing the kids for school," he said. "It's important they are able to kick their year off to a good start."
Additional guests included Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr., who was smiling at the event and happily taking photos with guests. Also, firefighters from the Ascension Parish Fire Dept. Dist. #2 were present, greeting the kids who wanted to check out the fire truck.
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