The final days of summer are coming to end for the youngsters of the Ohio Valley, and they'll be heading back to classrooms very soon.
While most of them don't want to think about the plethora of pencils, pens, paper, notebooks and rulers that will be needed for a good start to the school year, parents should know that several options are available to help fill those backpacks.
Besides shopping at local stores for back-to-school supplies, some of the area's school districts offer events that bring students and parents together before school bells ring for a few hours of entertainment and free supplies.
The Buckeye Local School District, for instance, held its back-to-school rally last Sunday, and students were treated to food, fun and camaraderie as a kickoff to the school year. Another back-to-school giveaway was held Friday at the YMCA in Steubenville at the St. John Arena.
There's also the popular Methodist Ladies organization at Toronto's Riverview United Methodist Church, which annually hosts a back-to-school event, and this year's installment just happens to be today beginning at noon at the church, 105 N. River Ave. There parents and students will find free backpacks, school supplies, games, food and more.
Mingo Social Services' event, in which participants had to pre-register, is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the village, and students in the Indian Creek Local School District can attend a back-to-school rally from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the high school practice field. There also is a back-to-school rally planned for Steubenville City School students at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Harding Stadium, and eligible area families can receive school supplies beginning at noon Aug. 20 at the Urban Mission in downtown Steubenville.
These well-planned events allow area students to stock up on school necessities while also enjoying an afternoon or evening of entertainment and visiting with friends.
All of these events are made possible through the generous donations of area businesses and people, and we applaud their kindness when it comes to supporting our children.
We realize the need for financial help for many area families exists throughout the year and not just during the holidays. Just purchasing a few new pairs of jeans and shirts as well as new shoes is costly to say the least.
Oftentimes there is not a lot of money left over for notebooks, pencils and backpacks.
We appreciate the efforts of our area school administrators, businesses, church groups and agencies, as well as generous families who provide money toward sending our children back to the classrooms prepared for another year of learning.