Ready, Set, School!

With less than a month to go before the first school bells of 2010-11 ring, several local organizations are sponsoring back-to-school fun fairs and school supply giveaways.

Junior League

of Wheeling

The Junior League of Wheeling will hold its annual Back-to-School Kids Fair on Sunday, Aug. 1, at WesBanco Arena, Wheeling.

The Kids Fair serves students enrolled for the 2010-11 school year at Madison School, Elm Grove Elementary, Ritchie Elementary, West Liberty Elementary and Middle Creek Elementary in Ohio County.

Students will be provided with backpacks, school supplies, reading materials, activities and more. Local service providers and agencies also will be on hand to provide information about their services and organizations.

The event hours are 12:30 to 2 p.m. for students of Ritchie, West Liberty and Middle Creek Elementary Schools, 2 to 3:30 p.m. for students of Madison and Elm Grove.

The Junior League said event sponsors are Sam’s Club, WesBanco Arena, Kohl’s and Nancy Sturm/AverMedia.

Marshall County

Back-to-School Fun Fair

For the 10th year, Marshall County students in preschool through 12th grade can receive free school supplies, shoes, haircuts and more at the Marshall County Back-to-School Fun Fair. This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Mollohan building at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Organizer Susie Baker, parent educator with Marshall County Schools, said she expects about 500 students to take part in the fair, along with one or more adults per student. Students will not be admitted without an adult. There are no income requirements to participate in the fair.

Everything at the fair is free for the students, Baker said, including chances on prizes ranging from food baskets to a family pass to Kennywood. The Kennywood prize, sponsored by the Marshall County Credit Union, includes a cooler packed with food and drinks and a gift card for a tank of gasoline.

Items to be given away include backpacks filled with school supplies, socks, underwear, shoes, hygiene items, West Virginia University T-shirts, cereal and Pop-Tarts, haircuts and dental exams. Pizza and pop also will be free at the event. About 45 local service agencies and businesses will have booths with information and giveaways for children and parents.

For information, call Baker, 304-845-5973.

Wheeling Island

Family Fun Day

A Family Fun Day sponsored by local Girl Scout troops and New Life United Methodist Church will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the church, 200 S. Front St., Wheeling Island.

It is the 10th year for the event, which started as a project of the Ohio County PTA under the direction of Diane Klinger. She still organizes the event with the help of the Girl Scout Troops 5574, 8037 and 8039 and the church.

Participants will receive school supplies, and there will be games, food and prizes at the event.

Financial donations and school supplies are still being collected. Collection barrels are located at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 83, West Virginia Business College, Laborers International Union of North America No. 1149 and New Life church.

For information, call 304-242-8456 or 304-233-2310.

Youth Services System’s

Celebrate Youth Festival

The third annual Celebrate Youth Festival will take place beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Wheeling Park ice rink, featuring a youth talent show, free park wristbands, free food and drinks, and information and giveaways provided by dozens of local service agencies and youth- and family-related busineses and organizations.

The festival is a chance for a “last hurrah” of the summer, according to organizers at Youth Services System Inc. in Wheeling. It is open to children of all ages and their parents, and there will be something for everyone.

The talent show will have an American Idol format, judged by three local people active in the performing arts. Anyone interested in performing may call Cory Hickman, 304-639-8102 or Grant Coleman, 304-218-0294.

The festival also will be recognizing outstanding youth who have given back to their communities in a significant way.

To nominate an outstanding young person, e-mail the student’s name, age, school and a brief description of why you are nominating him or her to outstandingyouthaward@ysswv.


Activities of the day will include 43 exhibitors with information for youth and parents; Good Zoo animals; Wheeling Fire Department’s smoke house; all park activities including miniature golf, pool and water slide and paddle boats; a climbing wall; inflatables; face painting; balloon animals and more.

Sponsors include Wheeling Parks and Recreation Commission, WesBanco, Shirts n’ More, 1800Gambler, CareLink, Cornerstone Group, Christian Fellowship Foundation, Lamar Advertising and WTRF-TV 7.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 students to attend the event.

For information, call Youth Services, 304-233-9627.