A free event aims to bring some lighthearted fun to the start of the school year in Elkhart.
The Elkhart Education Foundation is offering a carnival, a touch-a-truck activity, live-action role play games, music performances and a pep rally in downtown Elkhart’s city plaza during its Elkhart Community Kick-Off Classic Saturday, Aug. 9.
Coaches and student athletes from Elkhart Community Schools are volunteering at the event, which will give kids and adults the opportunity to interact in a fun setting, said Hayley Boling, president of the Elkhart Education Foundation.
“We just want to get as many people downtown as possible, to have fun with our city and to get our students ready for another awesome year,” she said.
Admission is free, but families should expect to pay between 50 cents and $2 each for the carnival games. Proceeds will go to Elkhart Community Schools and the Elkhart Education Foundation. A concession stand operated by Elkhart Community Schools band boosters also will require money, but all the other events are free and open to anyone, Boling said.
She expects one of the main draws of the event to be the live-action role play activity, coordinated by Memorial social studies teacher Adam Meyers.
Five-person teams will dress up and conduct pretend battles with other teams, Boling said.
There’s space for more teams, and registration is open on the Elkhart Education Foundation’s website.
Here is the rest of the schedule:
- 5 to 7:30 p.m. Carnival and inflatables
- 5 to 7:30 p.m. Touch-A-Truck (interactive activity where children can explore heavy machinery under the guidance of professionals)
- 6 to 7:30 p.m. LARP (Live Action Role Play) tournament
- 7:40 to 8 p.m. Raise the Bar Drumline performance
- 8 to 8:30 p.m. City-wide pep rally, featuring Memorial and Central bands and cheerleaders
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
The Elkhart Education Foundation will also be collecting school supplies and basic hygiene items at four Elkhart Martin’s Supermarket locations Aug. 9: Cassopolis St at C.R. 4, Cobblestone on East Bristol Street, East Jackson Street and North Nappanee Street.
Supplies can also be dropped off at two Walmart locations: Old U.S. 20 and C.R. 6.
Everything donated will go directly to Elkhart Community Schools so teachers and school officials can distribute the items to the students who need them.
For more information about the Elkhart Community Kick-Off Classic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hayley Boling at 293-3545.
Also on August 9, The Elkhart Truth is celebrating its 125th anniversary with the Celebrate Elkhart Block Party in downtown Elkhart.
Activities include arts, crafts, vintage and handmade goods, Saturday morning cartoons at The Lerner, street entertainment, kids’ activities, a beer garden and concerts.
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