Southport Elementary School kicks off back to school bash

Sothport Back to School Bash helps kids get prepared and excited for the upcoming school year.
Sothport Back to School Bash helps kids get prepared and excited for the upcoming school year.(WWNY)
Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 11:21 PM CDT
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SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Every year, Southport Elementary School and Lynn Haven United Methodist Church team up for a back-to-school bash.

“We decided a few years ago that we were going to quit doing a lot of inward stuff just for the church and take those resources and man-hours and go outside the walls of the church and Southport was just a natural fit and we have been doing a back to school bash for the last several years,” Lynn Haven United Methodist Church Pastor Terry Tatum said.

A grand celebration as they would say, and this year’s event was nothing short of that.

“It is really amazing because the kids get to come and get haircuts and play on the bouncy houses, and get ready for school, grab all their supplies. So it’s a really fun time for them to come and get ready for school and get back excited about being here,” Southport Elementary Teacher Krissy Brown said.

The school’s principal, Todd Harless said while the event is a lot of fun, it also helps relieve stress parents and students usually feel as a new school year approaches.

“With what Lynn Haven United Methodist Church is doing today, it really just kind of taking pressure off some of the parents. Kids are getting haircuts, they are able to eat, they are getting some school supplies, and they are ordering shirts for the year, it really is a one-stop-shop,” Harless said.

Principal Harless added the school is truly blessed to have this kind of support from Lynn Haven United Methodist Church.

“What they do is just amazing, the folks that come here and spend their time but it is what is needed, I mean it is what is needed in our communities today and all over in Bay County,” Harless said.

School leaders said the parents and the students seem as equally excited for school to start back on August 10th.

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