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D6 hosts School Kickoff Community Celebration August 5th, 2023

Greeley-Evans School District 6, with its partner The Success Foundation Serving Greeley-Evans Schools, is hosting the tenth annual School Kickoff Community Celebration on Saturday, August 5 from 9 a.m. and noon at Island Grove Event Center, 501 North 14th Avenue in Greeley.


Through sponsorships and donations, District 6 has raised enough money to give away more than 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. 


Backpacks will be given out to District 6 students only, grades preschool through 12. Students must be present at the event to receive a backpack. Student names will be checked against registration lists. If students are not registered in District 6, registration must be completed at the event before a backpack will be given to the student.


Once a student’s registration is confirmed, they will be given a ticket to receive a backpack. All students who receive a ticket will be guaranteed a backpack. There are different backpacks and supplies for elementary, and middle and high school students.


The backpack giveaway will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to please leave all pets at home. No animals, other than service animals, will be allowed in the backpack line or inside the Event Center.


A limited number of food bags will be given to students and families upon entering the Event Center. All meals must be consumed on the Event Center grounds. 


More than 50 community booths will be featured at the School Kickoff, providing information, services and entertainment for students and their families. The event also includes a petting zoo provided by FFA students from Greeley West High School, balloons, carnival games, emergency vehicles and a District 6 school bus to tour, as well as many other fun activities for families to enjoy.


The Weld County Department of Public Health will be providing free, onsite vaccinations to District 6 students. Low-cost sports physicals and sports registration will also be available. 


More than 150 volunteers help make this event possible, performing a variety of tasks from stuffing backpacks to distributing food and helping to keep the traffic flowing.


The title sponsor for the event is Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center. Principle sponsors are PDC Energy, Greeley Redeye Rotary Club, Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Hord, Coplan, Macht; The Weld Trust, Calvary Chapel Greeley, Atmos Energy, the Greeley Stampede Foundation and Sampson Construction. Premier sponsors are the Weld Community Foundation, the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, High Plains Library District, Sunrise Community Health, ABC Child Development Centers, the City of Greeley, KGRE Radio, Flood and Peterson, and Aguilars Corp.


Major backpack sponsors are GH Phipps, Our Saviors Lutheran, Roche Constructors, Allo Communications, The Assistance League of Greeley, OtterCares Foundation, Kathy Beck Realtor, The ARC of Weld County, Melissa McDonald State Farm Agent, Chevron, The Success Foundation Serving Greeley-Evans Schools, Comcast, Cricket, Slaughter Roofing, Weld Community Credit Union and Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic. Other sponsors provided funding for school supplies, as well as in-kind services and supplies, and include Cornerstone Orthodontics, DLR Group, FMS Bank, Greeley Education Association, Larson Insurance, Dr. Ken and Beth Richards, Rogue Play Trampoline and Ninja Center, Makers Mercantile and Studio, LLC, and Greeley PFLAG.


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