Good Hope back-to-school bash set for July 27


GOOD HOPE – Yes, kids, the new school year will be here sooner rather than later. The City of Good Hope will host its sixth annual back-to-school bash on Thursday, July 27, from 5-7 p.m. at the municipal park.

The annual event was started by Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett when he was a member of the Good Hope City Council.

“What I did six years ago was go around to local businesses and individuals who might be a donor, and say, ‘Listen, we’re not going to come around a bunch of times during the year, we’re just going to make a Gold Sponsorship level for $1,000 once a year,” Bartlett said. “And that annual donation by local businesses and individuals makes the events like the back-to-school bash and the Christmas in the park event virtually free for the people of Good Hope.”

The first 200 kindergarten through sixth-grade students to arrive in person at the July 27th event will get a back-to-school-bash T-shirt.

“The children must be present to receive the shirt, and they must attend Good Hope in kindergarten through sixth grade,” Bartlett said.

There will be two separate areas of the event, dividing the younger kids from the older ones. Each side will have age-appropriate activities, such as games and slip n’ slides.

“We also have three professional face-painters,” Bartlett added. “Community Service Coordinator Greg Brown and Councilman Maxie Jones will be grilling the burgers and hot dogs for those in attendance.” There will also drinks and chips.

Bartlett says he anticipates around 200-300 students to attend the event, along with their parents and siblings.

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