If you're uncertain as to whether you have everything in order for your child's first day of school, help has arrived in the form of the Columbia County Back to School Festival.
Mallary Powell, 2, played with Buster the Bus, a remote-controlled bus that is used to teach safety by the Columbia County Schools Transportation Department, at last year's Columbia County Back to School Festival.
The festival, slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside High School, will feature booths providing useful information, event coordinator Kim Downes said.
"The event is set up trade-show style," she said. "There will also be demonstrations in the auditorium - Buster the School Bus, 4-H songs and dance and Terry Newton's Taekwondo."
In its seventh year, the Back to School Festival is geared toward helping families get ready for the school year. Nearly 50 booths will provide information, including exhibits regarding transportation, the school lunch program and the school calendar. Health information will be provided by Pediatric Partners, which will review immunization records, among other things. Families also can register for recreational activities and find information about college planning.
"It is geared toward Columbia County students and their families," said Downes. "Primarily elementary school-age children, but there will also be middle- and high-school information."
The event is sponsored by University Hospital, The Columbia County News-Times and the Columbia County Board of Education.
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