Dreaming of a fun family Saturday? Picture bean bag toss, Chick-fil-A and new school supplies. Select families in the Bachman Lake area experienced this fun at a recent back-to-school event, purposely held after the start of the school year.
Local elementary schools teamed up with the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake to select children starting the school year who might have additional needs.
“We had already served our Bachman Lake families with a back-to-school event but hosted this for families who have never interacted with our programs before,” said Lindsay Miller, director of volunteer engagement.
Scheduling the event later in August allowed schools to identify needs throughout the first few weeks of the school year, while those needs might not have been as prevalent during summer break. The families enjoyed a morning full of games, new shoes, backpacks and school supplies – and even Chick-fil-a and cookies to enjoy.
Sixty kids were gifted the supplies they need to shine this school year.
One mother expressed her appreciation for the event tas she and her kids were leaving. Tears in her eyes, but smiling, she was grateful.
“She shared she grew up with one mentality and was trying to raise her children differently. After losing her son, she was trying hard to break the cycle for her other two children. She said she needs help to do that and was excited to see the upcoming classes offered by the Family Hope Center,” Miller said.
Many of the volunteers for the event have been a part of the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake since the beginning of the campaign before there was even a building. Having the chance to continue to serve families and grow awareness of the preventive programs offered at the Family Hope Center offers full circle joy for volunteers.