School supply “Bash” next Friday; donations still sought

by Trish Rudder

  The Community Back to School Bash will be held on August 13 between 5-7 p.m. at the Warm Springs Intermediate School to ensure all Morgan County students have the supplies they need.

School supplies are needed for all grades from Elmer’s Glue Sticks to dry erase markers to 3-ring binders – “Trapper Keepers,” and everything in between, according to the flyer that has been distributed.

Morgan County Parks & Recreation director, Dawn Beal said on Monday that wide-ruled and college-ruled looseleaf paper is especially needed.

School supply item donations can be dropped off at Blue Flame in Berkeley Springs until August 11.

People who choose to donate money can write checks to Morgan County Parks & Rec., 77 Fairfax St, Room 101, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. Note “Back to School Bash” on the check.

Beal said the “drive-thru” method like last year will be used again. Instead of an in-door event because of Covid-19, Beal said the “Bash” will distribute supplies to the Morgan County students in the cars. She said 450 students participated in the event last year.

“It went so well last year,” she said.

In addition to receiving free school supplies, each student in the car will get a bag of fruits and vegetables that are donated by different farmer’s market vendors.

Free haircuts to students from 4 to 7 p.m. are also available from Smart Style, a hair salon in Hedgesville, who donated their time, Beal said. For safety, plastic ponchos will be used on each student which can be thrown away, she said.

The Community Back to School Bash “is very beneficial to some families that don’t have a lot,” Mayor Scott Merki said at the July 27 Bath Town Council meeting.

Beal said she enjoys this yearly event and shops to find the best deals on school supplies.

“I like the fact that we can help a lot of people,” she said.