Photo courtesy of Richard Chomitz PhotographyPrincipals and faculty from every school in the Arundel High feeder system will be on hand to meet with students and answer questions at the West County Chamber’s annual Back to School Fair, to be held August 24 at the Village at Waugh Chapel.
West County Chamber Gears Up For Back To School Fair
Event Offers One-Stop Shopping For Supplies, Information For Arundel Feeder System Families
It seems as though the last day of the 2012-2013 academic year was just last week, yet the new school year is mere days away. But don’t despair, kids: The West County Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Back To School Fair will offer some cheer as students say goodbye to the lazy, hazy days of summer and hello to textbooks and homework.
On Saturday, August 24, students and families from within the Arundel feeder system – including Arundel high and middle and Four Seasons, Piney Orchard, Odenton and Waugh Chapel elementary schools – are invited to the Village at Waugh Chapel Community Center from 10:00am to noon for a morning of exciting demonstrations, free food and activities.
More than 300 community members attended last year’s event, and just as many are expected to turn out this year for demonstrations by students from Vuong’s Martial Arts and Arts 'n Motion. Smoothie King and Firehouse Subs will dish out free snacks as participants glean information about after-school programs including scouting, dance and martial arts opportunities and tutoring during the fifth-annual fair.
“School faculty will be on hand, as well as principals from a lot of schools, so it’s a great opportunity for parents to meet them, ask questions and get the school year started right,” explained Molly Sinnott, event coordinator. “Several of the schools assemble back-to-school supply packets with not only supplies but information for PTA registration, afterschool resources and tutoring resources.”
Sinnott highlighted members of the Board of Education are also expected to attend to inform participants about the school system’s countless enrichment opportunities, including Signature Programs and the STEM program.
“For parents, this is a one-stop shop for all the resources they need to guarantee a successful school year for their family,” Sinnott emphasized. “It’s also a unique opportunity for community businesses and schools to come together. The schools are such a huge part of our sense of community, and uniting those two worlds – academic and business – is a unique aspect of this event that we look forward to every year.”
Among the nearly 40 local businesses and vendors slated to attend are Wheels Skating Center, Rolly Pollies of Crofton, Family Bike Shop, New Heights Weight Loss and Open Door Before and After School Care.
Family-oriented local businesses interested in participating in the Back To School Fair can contact Sinnott by calling 410-672-3422, but spaces are limited and are sure to fill up fast. For more information about the fair, go to www.westcountychamber.org.