On Saturday, July 30, Adams County Human Services provided school supplies for 426 low-income Adams County families at the Back-to-School Bash event. 1,073 children received backpacks and other school supplies such as notebooks, binders, folders, sanitizing wipes, pencil boxes, pens, dry-erase markers, hoodies, socks, and more.
“With school supplies costing about $864 per student this year, it’s critical to have these types of events to help our families; it was a really joyful occasion for them,” said Adams County Commissioner Lynn Baca, Chair. “This year’s event was so busy, and it was great to see so many volunteers from the community.”
More than 25 local organizations assisted with the event, providing valuable resources for the community including bags of shelf-stable food and additional school supplies. The Work Options Café provided free meals for attendees.
“Every child deserves to start off their school year with excitement and joy and fully prepared to learn,” said Katie McDougal, Adams County Human Services Director. “This event made that possible. You could see how much it meant to them by the smiles on their faces.”
In addition to the families served day-of, 101 families, with 241 children, joined a waitlist at the event. The Human Services Department is in the process of providing school supplies to those families.
Going forward, the Back-to-School Bash will be an annual event. A variety of outreach events are available through the county this year. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming events.