Buckeye bash a success

To the editor:

On behalf of the administration and staff at the Buckeye Local School District, I want to thank everyone for their participation in the recent Back-to-School Bash held Aug. 7.

Although attendance numbers were down, we still had a tremendous turnout despite the hot weather. Students and their families had a chance to meet school principals; visit tables with free information, goodies and giveaways provided by community groups; listen to the sounds of our talented Buckeye Local High School Marching Band; enjoy inflatable rides from Movin & Groovin Productions; take part in a delicious chicken dinner fundraiser for the band; view our fall sports teams; win drawing prizes; and get excited about the start of a new school year.

We also distributed hundreds of “bash bags” full of free school supplies and other items donated by community partners to help the children get ready for the first day of class on Monday. I want to take this opportunity to thank our 22 vendors for taking part this year: U.S. Bank, West Liberty University, C.A. House of Music, Peoples National Bank, J.B. Green, Brightway Center, Alpha Delta Kappa, North Elementary PTO, Kathy Yocum, state Senate candidate Frank Hoagland, AEP, Jefferson Behavioral Health, Public Libray of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church and the BLHS football team, cheerleaders, cross country team, girls’ basketball team, volleyball team and Touchdown Club. Prizes also were provided by the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church, Rayland UMC, Yorkville UMC, Rush Run Community Chapel, St. Joseph and St. Vincent Catholic churches, Tiltonsville Tabernacle, the Tom and Rosana Thomas Family, the Fowler Family, the Sayers Family, Thompson & Sons, Buckeye Local’s after-school programs and the Dillonvale Library. Other donors included Zeroski Excavating, Dr. Joe DePalma, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Wheeler Funeral Home, Schultz Excavating, Bodnar’s Florist, Images and the Dillonvale Library Summer Reading Program students. Moreover, special thanks also go out to the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department for having an ambulance on hand and the Tiltonsville VFD for filling our dunk tank.

Project Coordinator Diane McCracken, who coordinated the event, also is grateful for the community for turning out to celebrate the new school year. We at Buckeye Local Schools are now looking forward to welcoming our students back for an exciting and educational year. See you in school on Monday.

Mark Miller

Buckeye Local