BRISTOL - Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and the Parks and Recreation Department welcome all school children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade to join them at the second annual Mayor’s Back to School Pencil Hunt, on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Muzzy Field.
Families are encouraged to join in the festivities as students hunt for pencils to win prizes. The prizes include: Leapfrog Academy, an Amazon Fire, a Kindle, a Chromebook, a TI84 calculator, binders, notebooks, pens, and more. Every child will win back to school supplies.
“With such a positive response from the community last year, we are excited to make this event bigger, allowing for more children to get excited about the new school year, provide school supplies to students, and give families with the opportunity to connect with resources in the community that they might be interested in during the school year,” said Sarah Larson, recreation and community outreach coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department.
A pre-K hunt was added to the event this year based on community feedback and the support of local sponsors, including First Bristol Federal Credit Union, Bristol Plaza, ShopRite of Bristol, People’s United, and community members.
The gates open at 4:30 p.m. The pre-K pencil hunt will be at 5 p.m., with kindergarten and first grade at 5:30 p.m., grades two and three at 5:45 p.m., grades four and five at 6 p.m., and grades six through eight at 6:15 p.m.
Community vendors at the event will be the Bristol Blues Concession Stand, the Board of Education, the Family Resource Center, therapy dogs, the Bristol Public Library, and more.
“The start of the school year should be a fun time and we think the Pencil Hunt is a fun event that helps set the tone,” said Zoppo-Sassu.
The event is free, but requires registration ahead of time through the Bristol Parks and Recreation website, www.bristolrec.com , or in person at City Hall, 111 N. Main St., second floor. The rain date is Friday, Aug. 23.
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