2016 Community Back-to-School Bash a Success!

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Buying school supplies can be a stressful part of back-to-school
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According to the calendar, summer is still in full swing. But for students in the Upper Cumberland, it is soon going to be time to head back to school. Going back to school can be exciting as it means new teachers, new friends and new lessons.

But the end of summer break can also be stressful for many students as well as their parents. According to a recent study, the top back-to-school stress point for adults was shopping for clothes and school items.

This is why several community organizations decided to come together and make this process easier for local parents and caregivers.

On July 15th, local organizations in the Upper Cumberland came together to hold a special event. The 2016 Back-to-School Bash, held at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, was put together through a partnership between WCTE, Putnam County School System, Power of Putnam and Life Church.

The event was a way for all students who attend any K-8 school in the Upper Cumberland to get free school supplies.

Bob Sotis and Corey French from Life Church spoke with Cindy Putman during this week’s WCTE Get Ready To Learn radio show to share about the success of the event.

They shared the reason all involved wanted to put together such an event was to relieve stress for families as school begins. School supplies can get expensive, especially when a family has more than one child.

The Back-to-School Bash is just one way a community can support and help families have a positive start to the school year.

Below is a list of community volunteers and organizations that helped to make the back to school Bash a success:

  • Boma First Church of God

  • Putnam County Health Department

  • Highland Rim Academy

  • Collegeside Church of Christ

  • Camelot

  • Walgreens

  • Highland Residential Services

  • School Climate PCSS

  • Centerstone

  • Power of Putnam Ambassadors

If you missed the chance to support through the Back-to-School bash, but want to help families throughout the Upper Cumberland, you can drop off supplies at WCTE’s downtown Cookeville office or at Life Church. There is a year round need for  children to have the supplies they need for a successful school year.

A big thanks to Blue Coast Burrito and Putnam County Food Services PCSS and Papa Johns for all the great food!

Also, please keep in mind that WCTE will always accept donations of gently used kids books to distribute throughout the Upper Cumberland.

Looking for back to school books to share with your child? Click here.

Needs more tips for parents to make going back to school easier? Click here.

Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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