JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
Schoolchildren and families can take advantage of free school supplies, take part in many activities and have a chance to win prizes during the Back to School Bash from 9 a.m. to noon July 29 at the W. Ed Parker Youth Center, building 1630 on Watkins Boulevard, at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
The free event, which is being put on by the 502nd Force Support Squadron and JBSA Youth Programs, is open to active-duty, military family members and all Department of Defense government civilians and their families.
Barbara Fuller, 502nd FSS marketing operations supervisor at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, said the Back to School Bash will have fun activities and games for both children and parents to participate in, as well as free school supplies for students in kindergarten through fifth grade who will be heading back to school in August.
“It’s essentially getting parents and children geared up for the school year,” Fuller said.
The free school supplies will be offered to schoolchildren on a first-come, first serve basis. To pick up the school supplies, parents will need to bring each of their children’s DOD identification cards, or a school report card if their child is younger than 10 years of age, and a backpack to carry the supplies.
In addition, activities include face painting provided by volunteers from United Services Organization, games and appearances by Sparky the Fire Dog, McGruff the Crime Dog, JBSA Fire Emergency Services firefighters and members of the 502nd Security Forces Squadron The 502nd SFS will also be giving away a limited supply of fingerprinting kits.
Door prizes that will be given away include a Dell laptop computer, ear bud headphones, lipstick charger and three safety duffel bags. People can enter for door prizes at the event and must be present to win
Also, several JBSA organizations and units will have displays set up during the event.
The Back to School Bash, which has been going on for 10 years, had previously been held in the parking lot of the Campbell Memorial Library at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. This year is the first time the event will be held at the W. Ed Parker Youth Center.
By hosting the event at the youth center, Fuller said more activities will be offered than in previous years.
“We wanted to expand what we offered to our customers and make it fun and family-friendly,” she said.
For more information, contact JBSA Community Programs at 652-5763.