By MORGAN MANNS
It’s that time of year again.
In six weeks, the hallways of Fostoria City School buildings will be filled with the laughter, tears and pitter-patter of children.
As the first day of school — Aug. 21 — approaches, parents are beginning to purchase new clothes, shoes, book bags, folders, paper and utensils for their youngsters.
In an effort to make information more readily available to parents and to create some school fun, the district is hosting the 7th Annual Back to School Bash from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, 1202 H.L. Ford Drive.
“This is an opportunity for (parents/guardians) to learn about what’s going on,” said Superintendent Andrew Sprang. “We want to get any information out to the people that we can in a timely fashion so at the start of the school year it’s not so much all at once. We want to help them be prepared.
“We’re going to have as many staff there as we can. This will give everyone a chance to interact with the teachers and build relationships for the upcoming year.”
Every school building — Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, FIES, Riley Elementary School and Longfellow School — will be represented by many staff members, according to Sprang. They will be on-hand to answer any questions parents or students might have and to offer any information about the upcoming academic year.
Some employees will be handing out school supplies, such as paper, pencils, pens, glue, and folders. Sprang said he hopes to have bus passes ready for students at event as well. A tour of a bus and instructions on bus safety will be available in the parking lot.
“Obviously each building is very much involved. It’s a big district-wide project. We’re still in the planning stages, but we hope to provide families with as much information as possible before the school year begins.”
Student organizations such as athletic teams, Relay for Life, National Honor Society and art club have set up booths at the Bash in the past, according to Sprang. He hopes to have them come back to talk to students and parents about the benefits of their respective extra-curricular activities.
In addition to academic information, the Bash will have a variety of games and activities for students and adults alike.
Just as in previous years, there will be kids’ games, raffle tickets, 50/50 drawings and food for up to 700 people, according to Sprang. All FCS students grades PreK-12, and their families, are invited to attend free of charge.
“The purpose is to get people excited about coming back into the school, as well as getting them ready for school,” he said. “It offers many great opportunities for parents and students and it’s a fun was to kick off the year.”