7th Annual Back to School Family Fest scores top grade

Madhu Mayer | 8/14/2019, 10:02 p.m.
It is that time of the year again when the easy days of summer will soon turn to fall and ...

It is that time of the year again when the easy days of summer will soon turn to fall and the three words some children want to hear: "Back to school."

To make the transition a little easier, The Times Weekly, Joliet Park District and Crossroads Christian Church in Joliet partnered for the seventh annual Back to School Family Fest.

The Aug. 10 event at Nowell Park in Joliet was attended by nearly 2000 people. Families with young children flocked to the park and receive free school supplies, backpacks, entertainment, food, vendor resources and played lots of games.

Organizers said the interactive event is meant to "give back to the community by getting children ready and look forward to the new school year."

“It was an even greater event this year than last with the many families who came out to get a jump start on the school year with school supplies and resources.” We are excited and looking forward to next year,” said Tamika Archibald, Business Development, The Times Weekly.

"I actually think it was one of our best years yet," said Jacob Garcia, minister with Crossroads Christian Church. "We had great weather for it, but the community involvement is something we have seen grown over the years. The big thing for us is we want to give backpacks to families who could use an extra hand, but also have an event where families get together.

Laura Brumfiel, recreation superintendent with the Joliet Park District, said turnout seems to get better year after year.

"Anytime we can help the community and give back is a successful event," she said.