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Come August of every year, bells will ring and wheels on the bus will go round and round as traditional schools open to welcome back students across the Raleigh-Durham area. Book bags, pencils, crayons, and binders will flood the aisles of our nearest shopping stores as parents search high and low in hope to find the best reasonable price. This year, we hope parents will not have to look too far as book bags and school supplies will be distributed at our 2018 BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH.

The BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH, sponsored by the Berean Community Center, is an annual event where families of neighboring communities unite to jumpstart the upcoming academic school year. This inspirational day is filled with music, family-centered games, food, and insight toward a healthy, well-balanced, and successful school year. Teachers within the community come to share studying and test taking tips. Personal trainers present creative and exciting ways to keep children active and moving after school, while nutritionists share healthy snack alternatives to help decrease childhood obesity and/or Diabetes.

Students of all ages will have an opportunity to receive a book bag along with age-appropriate school supplies. During last year’s event, we were able to support over 500 students with book bags and supplies. We supported over 300 in 2016 and over 100 in 2015. We greatly appreciate members of the community who unselfishly donate either monetarily and/or provide supplies. We are equally appreciative of those members in the community who volunteer their time on the day of the BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH in support of our students. Through our organized efforts and programs, such as the BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH, we, the Berean Community Center, strive to empower individuals, enrich families, and engage the community.