Butler County Times Gazette
  • GracePoint Church to host backpack bash

  • Starting in 2013, GracePoint Church of Augusta has done its best to help the community surrounding it by hosting a Backpack Bash just before school begins in August.
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  • Starting in 2013, GracePoint Church of Augusta has done its best to help the community surrounding it by hosting a Backpack Bash just before school begins in August.
    "We recently changed the name of our church and we have been trying to become more community focused," explained Associate Pastor Terri Rawlings. "We started the backpacks just last year after we looked around the community for something to do that would be helpful in the area."
    The backpack bash is designed to help families deal with the expenses of purchasing supplies for their kids going back to school.
    "The first 250 kids that show up will get to choose their backpack," Rawlings said. "There are six different colors the kids can choose from. There are packs of school supplies in each backpack for each child to use in school. We are helping families with some of the shortfalls we all have this time of year. We want to be Jesus's hands to the community and show them we really care."
    Due to community momentum, the backpack bash has expanded beyond the church.
    "We gave away 200 backpacks last year and this year, we have 250 to give away," said Rawlings. "The event is steadily growing and we expect it to be even bigger next year. Our church members are helping with most of the distribution, but we will also have some help from the Christian Motorcycle Association this year. We also have members of the community who donated their services for the bash."
    The bash will offer a wide range of activities for all ages.
    "There will be a lot of different things to help families," Rawlings explained. "There will be a free lunch, haircuts, massages, blood pressure checks, fingernail painting and bounce houses. We really want to help families with some of the expenses for back to school."
    Despite the event taking place in Augusta, all children and families are welcome to attend.
    "We sent flyers around to all of the Augusta elementary schools to let parents know about our bash," explained Rawlings, "but everyone is welcome. No family or child is going to be turned away."
    The members of the community who have volunteered their time are: The Christian Motorcycle Association, Headlines Salon of Andover stylists Penny Sanderbeck and Abbey Cuskelly, Shelby Lewis of Body Connections, Massage therapist Edna Aitchison, Headstrong Salon of Derby's stylist Jesse Hopper and Mi-Te Electric of Augusta.
    The backpack bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at GradePoint Church in Augusta, which is located at 3626 N. Ohio St. The school supply backpacks will be first come, first serve.
     
    Kari Adams can be reached at kadams@butlercountytimesgazette.com.

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