POINT PLEASANT — Students attending Point Pleasant Intermediate School, along with their families, will be treated to a Back-to-School Bash on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
This is the first year PPIS has hosted an event like this, and according to teacher Annette Cook, one of the organizers, it has a specific purpose.
“We want to bring the community in, as well as the students, and promote the school in a positive light,” she said.
The community is definitely on board with the bash, with a number of groups and organizations promising to be there with informational booths. Among them will be New Hope Bible Baptist Church, which sponsors the school’s backpack program, providing food to at-risk children to sustain them each weekend. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will each have a booth, along with the school’s Patch program chess club and the Body Barn. AEP River Transportation is also participating in the event.
Pleasant Valley Hospital will be conducting health screenings, Cook said. Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings is also expected to attend, along with the Point Pleasant Fire and Police departments, and other law enforcement agencies. Hotdogs, chips, desserts and drinks will be served to those attending.
Students will be able to visit their classrooms and meet teachers. New to the school this year will be the Title I program, and adults will be informed of how the program operates and its benefits, according to Principal Walter Raynes.
There will also be a booth for anyone wanting to sign up and get involved in the PTA.
Cook said they are hoping to hold the bash outdoors, weather permitting. In the event of rain or extreme heat, it will be in the cafeteria/gymnasium.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for OVP who lives in Mason County.