A staple in the Jackson Community, providing a fun filled day for the entire family and a HUGE confidence boost in the kids before returning to school!
In the beginning, the Back to School Bash was a small idea created by a groups of friends, who were interested in providing the community’s children with a free BBQ lunch before school started as a way to close out the summer.
Daniel Mahoney and Henry Weatherspoon, founders of the event, both of whom are very active in the Jackson Local Hip-Hop scene also wanted to incorporate some of the local artists, to provide entertainment for the children attending the event. It quickly became apparent to them there was a need for a school supply drive. There were many children in the area who were returning to school completely unprepared. With some help from the staff at the Jackson Interfaith Shelter, the King Center, and the Jackson Hip-Hop Community the event was planned, coordinated and executed with out flaw.
For the past 12 years we have provided 500-700 children with book bags, pens, pencils, paper, folders, glue, notebooks, and other school supplies. We have also provided haircuts to over 100 children per year. Including parents we feed around 1000-1500 people. The meal includes hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, water, juice and other refreshments. Other activities include an information fair, bounce house and Firetruck. Some vendors for the information fair have included the Red Cross and the Jackson District Library amongst others. We have given away many toys, books and more and enjoyed the sounds of some of Jacksons Most Popular Artist such as Marcus Norris, Bootz Bub, Brandon Marcel and others.
Jacksons largest and longest running back 2 school give-a-way event! With the help of many hands from our community we supply book bags and school supplies for over 500 children each year.
Along with the book bags and supply give-a-way we also offer free hair cuts and hair-do's for the kids, provide a delicious BBQ lunch and community resource fair.
Motivational speakers, live performances, 3 on 3 Basket Ball Tournament, Talent Competition and more... the Bash is SURE to be the highlight of the summer for the kids of all ages in our community.
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Your contribution will enable us to reach our goal of serving 750 kids returning to school in 2022. We are very grateful for your generosity.