Rescue Mission, Chevron to hold Back to School celebration on Sept. 12

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Rescue Mission, Chevron to hold Back to School celebration on Sept. 12
An image from the 2017 Back to School celebration hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission and sponsored and staffed by Chevron Richmond. The next event is set for Sept. 12, again at Nevin Park in Richmond.

Families, we know you’re extra busy with schools resuming. But make sure to mark your calendars for Sept. 12, when the Bay Area Rescue Mission teams up again with sponsor Chevron Richmond to hold the annual Back-to-School Celebration at Nevin Park.

The free annual event, which features carnival games and food, prizes, a book reading and giveaways of school supplies, will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Nevin Park, 5th Street and Nevin Avenue in Richmond. Attendees will get a chance to meet the Oakland A’s mascot Stomper, and the A’s organization will be there handing out goodies like water bottles, as well as awarding A’s tickets and game prizes.

“We will be giving books to all the kids, plus raffling off some bicycles and backpacks,” said Woody Tausend, VP of Development for the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

A STEM Zone will also be set up to engage in fun hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ever year, the event draws hundreds of local kids and their families. Last year, carnival-style food booths serving popcorn, snow cones and homemade root beer floats were accompanied by bouncy houses, face-painting stations and carnival games staffed by Chevron Richmond employees.

The event is hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission, the Richmond-based nonprofit providing a wide range of services for the homeless and others in need, and is sponsored by Chevron Richmond. The events aim to get kids both excited and prepared for the start of school, according to representatives of both the company and nonprofit.

“And with the addition of the A’s, we think this will be a really special year for this fun event,” Tausend said.

Back on Aug. 9, the Bay Area Rescue Mission and Chevron teamed up to hold the massive annual backpack and school supplies giveaway. About 1,000 backpacks were filled with supplies by Rescue Mission and Chevron employees before being distributed to families.

For more information on the Nevin Park celebration on Sept. 12, call: (510) 215-4555.

2017 Back to School celebration at Nevin Park.

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