By Mark Ambrogi
Noblesville Schools officials figure a Back to School Bash is a great way to start the new school year.
“It’s an opportunity to connect with community,” said Marnie Cooke, director of marketing and communications for Noblesville Schools.
Classes begin Aug. 3, and to celebrate, the Back to School Bash will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 31 on the courthouse square in Downtown Noblesville.
The event is a collaboration between Noblesville Schools and Noblesville Main Street for the second year in a row.
“Before that it was a smaller event on school grounds,” Cooke said. “Last year was the first year we made it a community-wide initiative. We had about 3,000 people attend last year. We’ve hoping to continue to grow this year. It’s a way for us to celebrate the kickoff of the new (school) year and to share our happenings and message with the community at large.”
Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, Noblesville Schools superintendent, will be at the district booth to answer questions and discuss Miller Shift, the district’s unique approach to education.
Each school in the district will have their own booth with Parent Teacher Organization representatives and school leaders to talk about the school’s activities.
There will be dunk tank, with school principals, a video game trailer and educational technology booth in addition to free school supplies and hot dogs, while supplies last.
Food vendors and live music, including a jazz band made up of students and former students, will liven up the event as well.
“We have permission to open up the Historical Courthouse and have a student art show in there,” Cooke said.
Agape, of Cicero, is bringing horses for children to ride.
Cooke said there will about 20 different community organizations handing out goodies and sharing information.
Some high school athletic team members will be out there with equipment so younger students can engage with them, Cooke said.
Church Church Hittle & Antrim is the presenting sponsor. Noblesville Lions Club also will be supporting by cooking and serving the hot dogs.
For more information, visit noblesvilleschools.org or noblesvillemainstreet.org.