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No shortage of activities planned for ‘Back to School Celebration’

From technology to disc golf, children will have plenty of entertainment to choose from during South Kitsap School District’s annual “Back to School Celebration” held Saturday at the high school’s track.

School district spokeswoman Lisa Kirkemo said more than 4,500 people attended the event last year.

District officials expect as many to participate in the event this year. Kirkemo said it is open to families with students enrolled in SKSD.

“The focus is to celebrate the opening of school and to provide people with the opportunity to connect with various organizations,” she said.

Kirkemo said donations have been “tighter,” which means there will not be as many free school supplies to distribute as in previous years. She said district officials will distribute one supply packet to each child. Youths also must be present to receive supplies.

“We want to spread it out to as many people as possible,” Kirkemo said.

More than 60 vendors are expected to participate in the event to offer services ranging from immunizations to haircuts. There also will be bus rides, which Kirkemo said are aimed to help youths get accommodated to them before school opens Sept. 5.

Kirkemo said each SKSD school also will feature a representative to field questions from students and parents.

In addition, Kirkemo said there will be entertainment for students of all ages. Some new additions this year include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition, which will have a presentation on underwater robots. There also will be a dunk tank.

There is no charge for admission or any of the activities at the Back to School Celebration.

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