The Woodland community really stepped it up for the 3rd Annual Woodland Public Schools’ Back to School Bash held on Saturday, August 17th. Over 600 students from Woodland, Kalama, La Center, and surrounding schools were given free backpacks with school supplies.
“We had 17 community partners attend the event as well as many others who donated funds to support the Back to School Bash,” said Catherine Pulliam, a counselor at Woodland High School. Pulliam was in charge of organizing the Bash and successfully gathered donors and volunteers adding to the many details making the event a huge success. “We received so much support from our communities including all of our wonderful volunteers,” said Pulliam. She applied for and received grants from several organizations. “We couldn’t offer the programs we do without the generous support from these organizations as well as our community. Seeing the community acknowledge the importance of helping those among us in need is extremely gratifying”, said Pulliam.
Approximately 2,000 students, parents, guardians, and community members were in attendance at the event. Attendees not only received free backpacks with school supplies, but they also received a free dinner, played various board games, participated in activities such as bounce houses and raffles. It was a fun-filled family event.
Without teamwork, collaboration, and organization, the event would not be what it has grown to be. Pulliam said, “this year’s event seemed to run very smoothly, especially since we’ve been putting this on for a few years now. Watching students and families having fun and exploring various resources on-hand was very exciting!”
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