DALLAS - Buckner International, a global Christian ministry, and members of the Christian motorcycle club, The Wolverines, hosted their second annual Back to School Bash to celebrate the new school year and distribute school supplies to more than 130 low-income children Saturday, Aug. 11 at Buckner Children’s Home.
The Back to School Bash was started last year by Buckner Children’s Home alumnus John Porter in an effort to give back to the place that once gave him so much.
“The Wolverines Motorcycle Club is honored and proud to continue our mission to give our time, efforts, and compassion to the residents of Buckner Children’s Home,” Porter said.
In addition to over 130 grade-specific backpacks and school supplies, the Back to School Bash participants enjoyed slip and slides, snow cones, bounce houses, barbecue and a dunk tank.
Lindsay Miller, Buckner International’s volunteer coordinator said the event was a “milestone” for Buckner. Never before had children from all three of Buckner’s Dallas community centers come together to benefit from the Back to School Bash. This year the Bash also welcomed children from Buckner Family Pathways, a self-sufficiency program for single moms seeking higher education.
“Porter’s leadership in planning this event was not only a blessing to the families we serve, but also to our staff,” she said. “The Wolverines organized the entire event and provided all of the school materials for the kids. This event gave our staff more time to do the most important part our their jobs- promote growth and transformation in the lives of the families we serve.”
In an effort to raise money for the event, Porter organized fundraisers, parties, raffles, a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt, a crawfish boil and an auction. Porter arranged the motorcycle club members into committees who contacted local businesses to serve as sponsors for the Bash. This past year, Porter spent over 100 hours preparing for the Back to School Bash that served over 130 kids, an increase of 40 children from the previous year.
“The goal of this event is to create excitement about education and the upcoming school year,” said Miller. “Every child that came on Saturday left looking forward to the next time they would see the Wolverines, but more importantly, fully prepared and enthusiastic about the new school year.”
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