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Web posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Festival to have info on schools

By Matt Miklas
Correspondent, Twitter @MatthewMiklas

A weekend festival will help parents and students get ready for the upcoming school year.

University Hospital, along with the Columbia County Board of Education, will play host to the annual Back-to-School Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Evans Middle school.

More than 35 vendors will provide information on financial planning, insurance, after-school programs and many other services, said University Hospital Community Relations Specialist Samantha Stough. The festival also includes activities for children.

"For the kids we will have tae kwon do demonstrations as well as dancing," she said. "Buster the (robot) School Bus will also make an appearance."

There will be giveaways for bookbags and various school supplies. Parents and students can also pick up their bus schedules for the year.

The event is for kindergarten through 12th grades, but Stough says she sees mostly elementary- and middle-school pupils.

"In the past, we have found elementary, early middle school students, and people who are new to the area are the ones who usually attend the event," she said. "Typically, because high school students can drive themselves and because they have probably been to this event before, (they) don't usually come unless they have a younger sibling."

Stough says although the event is for students it is more important for the parent.

"The purpose of this event is to get parents prepared to send their kids back to school and to also provide information for working parents," she said.

On Sunday evening, Wesley United Methodist Church will hold its Back-to-School Bash in the church's parking lot.

Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band will headline the event. There will also be games, inflatables and activities for the children led by the church's new Children's Music Director Rebbekah Teboe. Visitors can also sign up for Bible studies in the fall.

Grovetown will hold a back-to-school festival on Aug. 20 at Liberty Park.

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