Fun night at East Side Baptist

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Church members serve up snacks at East Side Baptist Church’s Back-to-School Night. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – East Side Baptist Church celebrated on Wednesday night celebrated the beginning of the new school year with its fourth annual Back-to-School Night. The kids still had lots of energy after their first day back in the classroom and enjoyed playing and jumping and sliding on inflatables and hanging out with friends.

Youth Minister Daniel Lloyd and his wife Heather organized the event for the kids and their families.

Said Heather Lloyd, “Last year was mine and Daniel’s first year at East Side. The kids can bounce around, eat and have a snow cone.”

The kids were definitely ready for a little fun and had a great time outside until the weather forced the party indoors.

Church members prepared hot dogs and served Cici’s pizza and other goodies.

Welti second grader Ayden Thomas was there with his grandmother, Karen Jones. He had mixed feelings about his summer being over but said he had a great first day.

Jones said, “We bring him here to Sunday School and we enjoy coming.”

Before the rain began, the kids hurried outside after eating to take advantage of the free snow cones. That’s what Landon McClellan, Brookelyn Fuller and Ally Morgan decided to do. McClellan started the fourth grade and Fuller and Morgan are classmates in Ms. Robinson’s second-grade class at West Elementary.

Fuller said of her first day at West, “It was AWESOME!”

She said she was a little nervous for her first day at the bigger school but not for long. She and Morgan especially liked going outside to play.

Said McClellan, “I liked everything. I got the best teacher I ever had in the fourth grade since Kindergarten. Her name is Ms. Grobe. She’s the nicest teacher I ever had. She helps us learn things easier.”

McClellan and his classmates shared summer stories and he had an exciting story about seeing a baby shark at the beach that he had the chance to tell. Of course, that led the other kids to spontaneously begin singing “Baby Shark.”

With the bad weather moving in, everyone went inside to finish their snow cones and listen to music. The weather did not ruin their good time.

Daniel Lloyd moved to Plan B.

He laughed, “I’m getting a TV and a movie ready for them. They have food and friends. That’s all they really need.”

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