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Extravaganza prepares 330 students to head back to the classroom

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Makynnah DeLong is all smiles as she stops at a signal on the bike safety course at the Back to School Safety and Wellness Extravaganza course. Al Russell, past master of Augusta Masonic Lodge, is operating the stop signal.

Nearly 330 school age children are ready to head to the classroom next week thanks to the Back to School Safety and Wellness Extravaganza.

Amy Campbell, coordinator of Safe Kids Carroll County, the host organization, said the event was a huge success with 29 area organizations and agencies participating.

“All the students who attended received back to school supplies,” she said. They also had the chance to talk with a fireman, state trooper and a bus driver. Many participated in a bike safety rodeo, sponsored by the Carroll Masonic Lodge with assistance from area lodges and visit booth from various agencies set up inside the grandstand at the county fairgrounds. The booths provided items and information to students and parents.

She said about 20 children participated in pre-school screening as well.

There was also a drawing for 30 backpacks, donated by Huntington Bank. 

In conjunction with the bike rodeo, two participants won bicycles in a drawing. Makynnah DeLong and Tegan Bullock were the winners of bikes, donated by Fusion Ceramics.

Campbell said this year’s event was the 11th annual extravaganza.

Sponsors included the Carrollton Rotary Club, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio and the Ashton’s Preservation Association. 

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