Students from Washington and Greene counties are invited to attend the first back-to-school BASH of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 2 at JA BizTown in Abele Business Park in South Fayette.
“We try to do whatever we can to help the students and their parents,” said Kim Sterling, communications and marketing manager. “It’s just about preparing students for a successful school year. “
Upon arrival, students will receive a map and tote bag – the first 50 participants will receive backpacks – and are encouraged to collect school supplies from the more than two dozen vendors on site.
“(The students) have the opportunity to browse BizTown’s ‘Trick-or-treat’ style, collect supplies and understand the businesses that are in our area,” Sterling said. “If they collect all of the school supplies, they will be entered to win a prize. “
BizTown is a 10,000 square foot city simulation inside JA’s office building. The “city” has its own town hall, banks and grocery store, sponsored by businesses in the region.
Junior Achievement – who has served the community for 82 years – opened the BizTown Learning Center just before the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Sterling said the BASH Back-to-School is a reintroduction of both the organizational and educational programs available through Junior Achievement and BizTown.
“(The students) are learning… how to go for a job interview, they’re actually interviewing for positions here,” Sterling said. “They can vote. Anything an adult can do, he does in this city.
At BASH, parents can ask questions about Junior Achievement programs, and students and parents can connect with local businesses and enjoy food and drink donated by Sheetz. Other entertainment includes a live DJ, balloon and cartoon artists, a magician, and a selfie station.
“It’s just another fun little opportunity for families to get together, to take a photo to remember the day,” said Sterling, who noted that photos from the photo booth can be delivered straight to a smartphone for one. instant sharing.
In a press release, JA President Patrice Matamoros said the event aims to bring the community together.
“Last year has been difficult,” Matamoros said in the statement. “This year, we want to be a hub of opportunity and information for parents and educators to help their children succeed.
Sterling said the BASH Back-to-School is more than just an opportunity to get school supplies.
“It’s a great opportunity for the family to get out,” she said. “It’s a fun day.”