Annual Back-to-School bash held

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville Local’s Back-to-School Bash is like no other. This event was open to the entire community, hosting area organizations providing goods and services to members of the community. “It’s a great opportunity for area organizations to get the word out about what their business can do for the community. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn what goods and services are available to them,” said Rich Bereschik, Superintendent. “We’ve been doing this for the past four years, and every year, the number of organizational participants has grown. This year we had 32 organizations commit to attending the Bash.”

This year’s bash was held on Aug. 15. Organizations in attendance were: Akron Children’s Hospital, East Liverpool City Hospital, Mercy Health, Community Action Agency’s Health and Dental Division, Catholic Charities, Columbiana County Mental Health Center, Community Resource Center, Family Recovery Center, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Promedica (Division of Medicaid), US Census Bureau, Columbiana County Educational Services Center, Eastern Gateway Community College, Kent State University, New Castle School of Trades, Ohio State University, Ohio Valley College of Technology, the United States Air Force, the United States Army, the United States Marines, the United States Navy, Youngstown State University, the Wellsville Local Police Department, the Drug Task Force, the Wellsville Fire Department, the Wellsville Carnegie Public Library, Columbiana County Head Start, Wellsville High School Band Boosters, Wellsville Local Cheerleaders, the Wellsville Local Teachers Association, Bombshell Beauty Salon, and DJ Bob Miller. All organizations provided valuable information about the types of services and or goods they can provide, as well as items to be raffled during the evening’s prize giveaway. “Handing out backpacks and school supplies is no longer the focus of our back to school bash,” said Bereschik. “Our school district not only provides all students with both free breakfasts and free lunches, we also provide all school supplies and a backsack for all students throughout the entire year. We don’t need to give them out beforehand at this event. They are given to each student on his or her first day of school; and supplies are replenished thereafter as needed. Our aim is to showcase to the community the other areas in which they can benefit locally.”

Bereschik gave a shout-out to the other area organizations and private citizens who generously donated goods or services to the event. “Wellsville Save-A-Lot, the First Christian Church, the Wellsville Athletic Department, Giant Eagle, Angie’s Nail Service, Heaton’s Tire Shop, U-Print Photography, EVE Studio, Pizza Hut, Someplace Else, MJB, Riverside Woodshop, Campbell Signs & Apparel, McDonald’s, CARE Funeral and Cremation Specialists, Southfield Energy, Team Mojo, Glenda Mike, Karen Dash, Jackie Brewer, Cary LeMasters, Erin Orr, and Walmart SuperCenter. “Thank you to all of you! You’ve helped to make our District’s welcome back to school a very happy and memorable event for our kids and their families, and for that we are truly grateful.”