Children of all ages enjoyed a fun-filled day of games, demonstrations, food, and laughter at the Back-to-School Celebration on Sunday, August 25, 2019, sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Thurmont, located at 7 Sunny Way in Thurmont.
Members of various community organizations, including Girl Scouts, YMCA After-School Program, Good News Club, and Fountain Rock Nature Center, presented their programs to the adults and children and explained how they could participate. Also, Maryland State Police Officer Cpl. Corey Borns and local Crossing Guard Eleanor Putman shared safety tips regarding traffic, building safety, crowd issues, and other school activities. School Music Teacher Alison Schroeder talked about what to expect the first day of school in order to avoid any anxiety, confusion, or uncertainty about classes, teachers, or building directions. Beautician Roxanne Renner offered interesting beauty tips, and Nurse Pam Adams did health checks and shared health tips that were helpful to both the children and parents.
Donations of school supplies were received for Operation Christmas Child, an international mission organization that helps less-privileged children with clothes, shoes, and other gifts at Christmas. A special prayer was offered for everyone involved in education, students as well as teachers, bus drivers, staff, etc., for a productive, safe and enjoyable school year. There were games and snow cones that added to the fun and information. The youth of the church were guides and did a great job of helping to lead the children throughout the event. The event was enjoyed by all and provided lots of useful information and guidance.