Free Back to School party set for Nevin Park on Sept. 12

Free Back to School party set for Nevin Park on Sept. 12
Nevin Park at 501 Macdonald Ave.

The Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) and Chevron Richmond are inviting families in the community to the free and fun Back-to-School Celebration at Nevin Park, 501 Macdonald Ave., on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The festivities run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and include food, prizes, raffle drawings, music, school supplies and the Chevron STEM Zone bringing fun activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

In addition, the Oakland Athletics will have an Activation Station with game ticket vouchers, other prizes, Stomper the official mascot and more.

BARM and Chevron partner annually to hold the event. The celebration is a follow-up to the annual backpack and schools supply that occurs before school starts in August. Last month, 1,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies were donated throughout the community.

“We just want to give the kids a fresh start for the coming school year”, Rev. John Anderson, the President/CEO of the Rescue Mission said. “Some of these kids need encouragement to academically achieve and to know that learning can be fun. We are encouraged that Chevron and the Oakland Athletics are joining us to give kids in the Richmond community a renewed sense of curiosity in learning. We are happy to create a fun, safe environment for this to happen.”

It’s the 18th year that Chevron has supported the Back to School celebration.

“We’re proud to see our employee volunteers, partner organizations and community members come together to inspire young people about their new school year and about STEM education,” said Matthew Payne, Chevron Richmond Refinery Business Manager. 

The Bay Area Rescue Mission was founded in 1965 to provide food, shelter, and charitable Christian service to the homeless, and to help them achieve self-sufficiency. For more information about the Bay Area Rescue Mission, call (510) 215-4555, email, or visit the website at


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