Back 2 School Bash & Expo sells out, sends students to school with supplies

Hundreds showed up to collect school supplies as part of the Back 2 School Bash & Expo at the McGrath Amphitheatre.

The start of a new school year is just weeks away, but for some families, school supplies can be a cost challenge.

The community chipped in in a big way, supplying 500 Corridor kiddos with many of the items on their checklist, at a deep discount.

Tickets for the 5th annual Back 2 School Bash & Expo, hosted at the McGrath Amphitheatre, were only $5.

Registrants took home a bag full of school supplies, and the family friendly environment offered fun for everyone.

"Back 2 School Bash screams my kids," said Abbie Ogreen, who has two school-aged children. "There's a lot of people that can't afford school supplies and they come here and be able to get them a lot cheaper and their kids have fun in the process doing it."

The cost of supplies isn't the only expense along the way, as Ogreen points to both lunch and registration as additional costs that make the month leading up to school dicey financially for some.

The event has sold out all five years, with Recreation Superintendent Angie Cole saying the need for these supplies has never been greater.

Cole also said she saw many familiar faces, as the event is a rare combination of cost-effective and kid-friendly.

"We see a lot of the same families year to year, because they know it's a good event. But it's also fun. It's just a fun day to be outside."

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