Blytheville Kicks off the school year in style

By Amanda Hanson  - bio | email feedback

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT)- Kids have been marking down the calendar all anticipating the first day of school, but Sunday the Blytheville School District gave students, teachers, and parents a chance to kick of the school year in style.

"We have inflatables, carnival games for the kids, a dunking booth, we've got bar-b-q, we got the radio, we've got everything that you could want, plus school supplies are being given away to kids," say Parent Involvement Coordinator Teryn Spears.

"It prevents school supplies from being a burden.  They don't have to worry about that so when they walk into the class room, they can be a sponge and be ready to learn," says Blytheville School District Superintendent Richard Atwill.

It was all happening Sunday at the first annual Blytheville School District back-to-school block party. "It's amazing there are hundreds, and hundreds of people here. It shows the kind of support and enthusiasm people have for these schools in this town," says Atwill.

It was an event all about the kids. "I got my face painted and made a balloon animal," says Kileigh Howard, who goes to school at Blytheville Elementary. "I'm excited about going back to school and making new friends."

The Arkansas Northeastern College was also out giving the students a chance to look into their future.  It was something Senior Michelle McDonald says was helpful. "Having the college out here made me realize I need to step up my game and figure out what college I want to go to."

The kids had a blast playing and soaking the teachers in the dunking booth. But, the adults weren't the only ones getting wet.  When the dark clouds rolled in and the rain started to pour, that didn't keep the kids from having fun!

And when the rain cleared, a rainbow appeared. It was a sign may felt was the start of a great year. "I think coming into the school year, great opportunity to promote building relationships, instilling hope and growth that we are going to have the best year we've ever had," says Spears.

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