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Pens, pencils and a block party
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The Washington Street Community Center, Main Street Covington and the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a "Back to School Block Party." July 26, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the square. The event is for students in kindergarten through middle school.

There will be a variety of activities for the students including face painting, a basketball free throw competition and inflatables for everyone’s entertainment.

This year’s event will also host a Block Party Census. The census will allow for students to register their name and school to determine the attendance from individual schools. "The school with the highest attendance level this year will receive a cash donation to their school’s media center," explained Josephine Kelly, director of Mainstreet Covington.

The Newton High School basketball team will be helping out at the event as well. The team will be assisting with the free throw competition and also will be there to serve as mentors for the children.

Food vendors from local eateries will be present and the Lions Club will be providing watermelon for all.

School supply registration will begin at 2 p.m. and the supplies will be handed out at 4:30 p.m. Registration will take place at the Old Square Market parking lot.

Supplies will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, and wrist bands will be distributed while supplies last. Supplies will only be given out to students.

"We have had to work extra hard this year in order to get supplies and supplies are still greatly needed," Kelly said. Supplies and cash donations can be given to the Washington Street Community Center.

This event cannot take place without the support of the community. Anyone who is able to help is asked to do so.

"Education is so important and we must get our students excited about going back to school this school year," said Kelly. "This event is vital for our students; they need to be able to go back to school prepared and know that their community supports them."

Contact the Washington Street Community Center for information about the event or to make a donation at (770) 385-2077.