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Buckeye Local seeks vendors, donations for annual bash

DILLONVALE — The Buckeye Local School District is putting out the call for vendors and donations as plans commence for the annual Back-toSchool Bash.

Chairperson Susan Nolan, principal at Buckeye North Elementary, said this year’s event is set for 3-5 p.m. Aug. 7 at Buckeye Local High School. It marks the first time the bash has been held since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“We have not had an in-person bash for two years. Once again, we are planning an event that will help our students and families prepare for the upcoming school year and will cover aspects related to education, health and wellness and safety,” Nolan said.

The event began about eight years ago as a way to ready students and their families for the return to class. Free backpacks and school supplies are dispersed while other goods and activities are available through school and local groups as well as businesses and churches, but the bash was placed on hiatus during the pandemic.

“We usually have at least 500 people, but I’d guess we might get a bigger crowd since we hadn’t had this for two years,” she continued. “During the last few years, we handed out supplies at our schools, but it seems more people are getting out to events. I hope it’s a good turnout and we get lots of vendors and supporters.”

Vendors are invited to provide a booth or table with public information about their respective organization or business. The cost for a table is $10 if they bring their own or $15 if provided by the district. Reservations are needed by July 1 and participants are asked to donate a door prize for the bash. Nolan said some have already signed up to sell their wares, including jewelry and goods from school sports teams, plus the marching band will have hot dogs and hamburgers while Ice Cream Island of Cadiz will provide a truck full of treats. Another addition is a dunk tank hosted by Buckeye South Elementary.

Monetary and other donations such as pencils, folders and supplies are also being accepted. To register a site for a booth or table, donate or arrange for contributed goods to be picked up, contact Nolan at (740) 381-0517. Checks can be made payable to the Buckeye Local School District and can be mailed to Robin Rozenek, c/o Buckeye Local School District, at 6899 State Highway 150, Dillonvale, Ohio, 43917.

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