Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett, second from right, and his crew working at the 2017 Back-to-School Bash put on by the City of Good Hope. / Heather Mann
GOOD HOPE – To celebrate the start of a new school year, the City of Good Hope threw a back-to-school bash for new and returning students Thursday evening. The park, working with the city council and student volunteers, offered guests free refreshments, face painting and water slides to beat the heat.
Attendees received free T-shirts, and Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett said there were enough door prizes to give one to nearly every student who came. One grand prize winner received a $100 gift card from Eva Bank and another a week of free daycare from Kids Turf.
Dana Dunagan, park director for the city, said the bash usually brings a good crowd every year, especially as temperatures start to cool down for the day. She said that the three big events the town holds throughout the year (the back-to school bash, the community Thanksgiving dinner, and the Christmas parade and park celebration) all draw big crowds, helping to bring the community together.
Both Dunagan and Bartlett said they think of the bash as a way to give back to the community. Everything they do at the event is meant to help other people have a good time.
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