A steady stream of families filtered into Science Hill Park Saturday morning for the 3rd annual Back-To-School Extravaganza.
This year’s event was hosted by the Science Hill Church of the Nazarene, Science Hill Christian Church and Science Hill United Methodist Church.
“A grant provides part of the money we use to purchase supplies,” Holly Cimala, children’s pastor for the Church of the Nazarene said. “Then the churches pitch in to cover the rest. We invite the other local churches to participate. Some years we have more; this year there are three.”
Some 450 bags were filled with school supplies primarily for students at Science Hill Independent. Cimala noted that since the county-wide extravaganza wasn’t held in downtown Somerset this year, the Science Hill organizers had seen more families from other schools this year and would try to accommodate them near the end of Saturday’s event.
“Whatever’s left we give to the Science Hill family resource center to distribute throughout the year,” Cimala said.
“It helps the school a lot,” Tim Leigh, FRYSC (family resource and youth services center) Director for Science Hill Independent, added.
Cimala also expressed her appreciation to Jumping Jacks and Kona Ice for providing inflatables and treats for the kids as well as other businesses that helped make the extravaganza a success.
“We have a lot of support,” she said, adding that Science Hill’s city officials also help prepare the park for the big day. “They take good care of us. It’s just a good community effort.”