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Back to School Bash cools kids off

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The Nazarene Church in Backus hosted a Back to School Bash on Sunday, Aug. 25, to help kids prepare for school by giving them supplies and a fun event to end the summer.

“It’s our way of reaching out to families and let them know we care about them in a tangible way,” said pastor John Rister.

Participants found organized games, live music, face painting, bounce houses and food waiting for them. In spite of temperatures near the 90s, padded sumo suits were popular with kids, only outshined by a running sprinkler.

All the kids who attended the event were given bags with pencils, pens, notebooks, folders, erasers and glue sticks for the school year. There were also door prizes of four grab bags overstuffed with school supplies.

The event is the brainchild of Rister’s wife, Julie. It was made possible by donations of time, money and supplies from local businesses, church members and the local parent teacher organization.

“A lot of the people here gave from their hearts,” Rister said.

The Risters hope to host the event in coming years, though future years might include more water-based activities, especially if they are as hot as this year. To contribute in any way, call the church office at 218-947-4243.