PRESTONSBURG – Students in grades K-5 were invited to attend a Back to School Bash at StoneCrest’s Prestonsburg Sports Park on Saturday.
The free event featured numerous activities and giveaways. Students received a free backpack full of school supplies. Those in attendance were able to enjoy inflatables and attend a meet-and-greet with various super heroes. The students also had an opportunity to meet NASCAR World Truck Series Racer Ben Rhodes and a chance to see a medi-helicopter.
Local hospitals and health care providers teamed up to provide free sports physicals, dietary counseling and BMIs, blood pressure checks, A1C screenings and more.
Over 2,000 attended the event and approximately 700 backpacks were given to area school children. The purpose and focus of the event was to create a healthier, school-ready community.
“It is really nice to be able to come to this free event and get all the school supplies students need to start in school,” said Casey Case of Auxier.
The event was sponsored by Highlands Health System, Kentucky One Health Saint Joseph Martin, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Care Source, the City of Prestonsburg, Passport Health Plan and the Rotary Club.
The first day of school for Floyd County students is August 3.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.