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D6 hosts School Kickoff Community Celebration August 7

Greeley-Evans School District 6 is hosting its eighth annual School Kickoff Community Celebration on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 North 14th Avenue in Greeley. Backpacks for School Kickoff 2021


Through sponsorships and donations, District 6 has raised enough money to give away 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. 


Due to the ongoing pandemic, attendees who are NOT fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering to the event, including unvaccinated children. Those who are fully vaccinated can attend without a face covering. Social distancing is also encouraged. 


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 through the District 6 Registrar 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 10 a.m.


This year, students will also receive a free individual meal bag through District 6 Nutrition Services they can take with them. Because of COVID-19, no communal meal will be served this year. 


More than 60 community booths will be featured at the event, 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. In addition, the COVID-19 vaccination bus will be providing free COVID-19 vaccines to anyone ages 12 and over who have not yet received a dose. 


Sports physicals and sports registration will also be available. Families can also get information about schools and District 6 programs, register their student for school, and complete a free and reduced lunch application on site. 


More than 150 volunteers help make this event possible, performing a variety of tasks from stuffing backpacks to serving lunch and handing out backpacks. District 6 is also partnering with The Success Foundation Serving Greeley-Evans Schools to host this event. 


The title sponsor for the event is Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center. Principle sponsors are PDC Energy, High Plains Library District, Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Roche Constructors. Premier sponsors are the North Range Behavioral Health, the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, Sunrise Community Health, ABC Child Development Centers, Sampson Construction, The Weld Trust and the Greeley Redeye Rotary Club. 


Major backpack sponsors are Leprino Foods, Credit Union of Colorado, Flood and Peterson, Comcast, the City of Greeley Parks and Recreation Department, DLR Group, Weld Community Foundation, Sea Level Operations, Weld Family Chiropractor Clinic, Weld Community Credit Union, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Riley Law, LLC, Slaughter Roofing, and Michael and Jill Trotter. Other sponsors provided funding for school supplies, as well as in-kind services and supplies. 


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