With summer nearing an end and children everywhere about to return to school, an enterprising group on the Hawaiian island of Oahu decided they would not allow the season to end without one last hurrah. Therefore, plans were laid for the first annual Back-to-School Bash. The event was held at the Honolulu Central church, and children from all over the island were invited to be part of the festivities.
Activities and food were provided—all free of charge. Kids were able to jump in an inflatable bouncer, snack on s’mores, eat a cookout-style dinner, play a variety of games, and try their skill at the dunk tank. The dunk tank featured some of Hawaiian Mission Academy’s teachers and the principal, Joe Lee. After dark, Pastor JR Bonilla set up the inflatable screen, and families were invited to stay and watch a movie under the tree.
Central Church member Nolan Low had organized a summer-long collection of school supplies. Kids and parents stopped by the supply table to pick up anything they might need for the upcoming school year. Nolan said that this was by far the most donations he has received in several years of running the collection.
All in all, students had a great time saying goodbye to summer vacation and getting ready for school’s opening bell. The adults had fun too and are looking forward to planning next year’s event.
By Travis Sager