On September 11, 2021, HRHA hosted the first annual Back to School Bash for Franklin Heights Families. HRHA worked with 10 community partners to create an event that was fun, safe, and helpful for families. We had a wonderful turnout and the weather as near perfect. Neighborhood children helped clean up the area for the event and community partners started arriving around 4:00pm to set up their stations. The event was held in the grassy area behind the Reservoir Street apartments near Kiwanis Park.
Children were invited to take a ‘passport’ that include the names of each partner at the event. Children then went table to table or activity to activity to get a stamp from each partner. Competed passports earned them a goodie bag from HRHA that included pencils, snacks, and coupons.
We are incredibly grateful to the following agencies and community groups who partnered with us this year. They include:
- The Ice Cream Pedaler who provided home made ice cream made by bicycle!
- Harrisonburg Baptist Church who brought a popcorn machine and all sorts of yard games. The big beach ball was a huge hit.
- Massanutten Regional Library who brought books and signs ups for library cards.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters who spoke with families about their programs, including the new Sports Buddies Program. The even brought donuts and inflatable bowling.
- Jones Garden who had children and families brush up on their herb identification with a matching game.
- The Gus Bus, a regular in our neighborhoods, who had all sorts of goodies and learning materials.
- Students in the Harrisonburg High School Governor’s STEM Academy who held paper airplane making and launching tutorials.
- Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation who held DIY lava lamp making demos.
- Boys and Girls Club who shared about scholarship opportunities for our families.
- Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) who shared vaccine information with residents while having face to face conversations on vaccine hesitancy and safety.
HRHA also gave out school kits and supplies thanks to the support of United Way.
Hope to see you next year!