ROCKINGHAM — The Hive Recreation Center and several local businesses are hosting a free Back-to-School Bash, and the whole county is invited.
Rebecca Sparks, of Nectar Coffee Shop, said the community event — from 5 until 8 p.m. Sept. 2 — “will basically provide students and parents with information on extra-curricular activities available in our county through local businesses and organizations.”
Papa Johns will be on site with free pizza and drinks for everyone who attends, and the center will have its bounce house open for all of the kids, she said. Snow cones, ice cream and frozen yogurt will be available for purchase from Kona Ice and Twisted Treats.
“So far we have Richmond County 4-H, the Richmond County Library System, Richmond County Boy Scouts, Richmond County Girl Scouts, Bold Moves Dance Company, Physical Awareness & Gymnastics, Cheerleading with Cassie Tyler, American Tae Kwon Do and Life’s Memories Outdoors signed up as vendors,” Sparks said.
“Each group will have a booth for their business or organization,” she explained. “The booths will have any information the parents need about each program and most will have the ability for on-the-spot registration. For example, the library will have calendars of all of its upcoming events available to take home and both kids and adults can register for library cards on the spot.”
The group is also seeking donations for scholarships, Sparks added.
“We hope to raise monies for each business to pay for a year’s worth of involvement for one child,” she said. “The winners will be chosen from a written essay explaining why they would like to do that activity. I’ve lived in Richmond County my whole life and I can’t recall anything like this ever taking place. This is an opportunity for the community to come together, for businesses to work together, for kids to play for free, and for parents to get information on everything that is available for their kids to do that may not be aware of — but most importantly a night they don’t have to cook.”
Each group offering extra-curricular activities throughout the school year will provide calendars for upcoming events on the night of the Bash.
“They’ll have information on what they supply for the kids involved, how much it costs, the requirements needed to take part in them and other information,” Sparks said. “Some vendors will have current participants there in uniform to perform demonstrations and answer questions. And Deedle the Clown will be there to make balloon animals for the kids.”
The Hive Recreation Center will also be sponsoring a child for one year of taekwono lessons, and information on how to enter to win a scholarship will be available.
Nectar plans to debut its new fall menu at the event. The Hive is located at 1210 Rockingham Road, Suite F, down the hill from Domino’s. For more information call 910-434-8107.
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