Madison County residents can enjoy a fun-filled day at the Richmond Teen Center on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the annual Back-to-School Bash.

Richmond Teen Center Director Georgia Parks holds the event each year to give away backpacks filled with school supplies for families who might not be able to afford the necessities for the new school year. The event is a true show of community support, as almost everything for the event is donated. Local businesses help contribute not only monetarily, but also provide their time and services to the once a year back-to-school bash. Last year, Parks said more than 900 backpacks were handed out.

"Our goal is to give as many as possible given out," she said.

Included in this year’s bash is free food, inflatables, a photo booth, cornhole, free haircuts, games, prizes and more. Parks also said there will be Kona Ice and many different organizations with tables set-up to help out residents even more. Among them are the Madison County Bookmobile, Carla Willis from Madison County Schools and representatives from GEAR UP.

The bash packs the teen center with residents and children of all ages for a day full of fun. North Estill Avenue will be lined with cars and people coming to enjoy the end of the year celebration. The Richmond Police and Fire Departments also will be out to engage with attendees. Make sure to bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet, though, as the fire department will be spraying down residents with their fire hose.

Parks said the teen center is set to hand out more backpacks than previous years and estimates at least 700 to 1,000 backpacks will be passed out, filled with the essentials to prepare students for school. But she said they are still in need of items, such as paper towels and Kleenex, as well as notepads .

"It's never too late to donate," Parks said.

Wednesday afternoon, volunteers gathered at the Richmond Teen Center to fill backpacks with school supplies.

For more information, contact Parks at 859-358-3961, or email her at The Richmond Teen Center is located at 325 North Estill Avenue in Richmond.

"It's going to be a good year. I just want the kids and everyone in the community to know about it. I want to thank everybody who donates, thanks to all of my donors and thanks to the community for stepping up," Parks said.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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