The Ravenna School District is off to a great start for the 2015-16 school year! We kicked off the school year with the first annual Ravenna School District “Back to School B.A.S.H” (Bringing All Students Hope). The entire event was paid for with donations from community businesses! The event was an incredible success!
The Back to School B.A.S.H. was hosted by our administrative team, teachers, high school students and several community partners. It was held in our high school stadium parking lot from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. four days before school started in August for our pre K – 5th grade students and their parents.
Over twenty community/business partners participated by setting up tables and distributing school supplies, information and various types of give-a-ways. The school district secured monetary donations from the city’s service clubs and purchased a “Raven Book Bag” for every student attending. Groups such as the public library, fire department, police department, county health department, Salvation Army, Big Brother’s and Sister’s and the Center of Hope distributed goodies as well as valuable social service information.
We enlisted the services of a D.J. (one of our elementary school custodians!) who spun music for the crowd of over 400 students and parents for two hours! We were able to secure monetary donations for pizza, water and cotton candy as well. The band played, the cheerleaders cheered and our high school art students and teachers painted over 60 faces! There were two “bounce houses” that we borrowed from our Parks and Rec. Department, also.
In Ravenna, we believe that it truly takes a village to raise all of our children! As a result of the positive feedback and comments, this will be an event that will continue for a long time in the Ravenna School District. In fact, the plan is to follow the B.A.S.H next year with a community pep rally at the stadium! We are already looking forward to next year!