2010-08-19 / News

5th annual BACK TO SCHOOL BLAST

Annual event set for Tuesday, Aug. 24

The 2009 Back to School Blast drew large crowds for an afternoon of fun. The 2009 Back to School Blast drew large crowds for an afternoon of fun. DAVISON — The Back to School Blast is back again for its fifth year.

This year’s event, sponsored in part by the Davison Educational Foundation, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 24, at Cardinal Stadium.

The entire community is invited to attend the Blast. The event is free, however, visitors are asked to donate a canned good or non-perishable item at the Outreach East booth, where representatives will also be selling popcorn and Duck Race tickets. All of the food and money collected will benefit area families in need.

New to this year’s Blast is a Mom-2-Mom Sale, sponsored by the Cardinal’s Nest. Both vendors and shoppers are needed for the sale, which will begin one hours before the Blast officially gets under way. The sale will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Visitor Parking lot at Davison High School. To rent a 6-foot space, please contact Cardinal’s Nest Director Marilyn Strader at 810-591- 0821.

Jim Waldron flew his helicopter in to provide two lucky students with a ride. Waldron will be doing the same drawing again this year. Jim Waldron flew his helicopter in to provide two lucky students with a ride. Waldron will be doing the same drawing again this year. The Davison Richfield Fire Department will also have its new “smoke house” on site. The house will be used to educate students about fire prevention.

Students who have been participating in the Summer Reading Challenge will once again have a chance to enter a contest where local car dealer Jim Waldron will award a free helicopter ride (weather permitting) for two students. Students who register at the Summer Reading table and can list the amount of minutes they have read so far this summer can have their names entered in the drawing. Two winners will be selected from random. Parents must be present and willing to sign a waiver.

DTV students will also be on hand to collect your plastic bottles and refundable pop cans as they continue their efforts in making the earth a greener place. Make sure you stop by and watch the Davison Area Prescription Task Force Drug and/or Operation Energy videos that the award-winning station has produced.

Students attending this year’s Blast can enter drawings to win backpacks and a 20-inch bicycle donated by the Davison Optimist Club just by stopping by the community service group’s table.

Be sure to also stop by the Hahn Fishing and Outdoor Club/Fishing Tackle Grab Bag booth to participate in leach and minnow racing contests or cast for a backyard bass.

There’s more fun in store for all ages; don’t forget to stop by the dunk tank to try and dunk your favorite school principal and staff.

All three front gates to the stadium will be open so visitors won’t have to wait in line to get into the stadium. Davison Food Service employees will man the concession stand, handing out a free hot dog, bag of chips and a water to the first 2,300 people who stop by thanks to a generous contribution by the Davison Educational Foundation. Both concession stands will be open.

"This is a great way for students to reconnect with their friends and teachers in a relaxed and fun atmosphere before the school year officially gets under way," said Superintendent Eric Lieske. "It also provides an opportunity for families to spend some time together."

Community service groups, churches and businesses will sponsor a variety of activities, crafts and games for the kids. There will be face painting and visits by local police and public safety officers who will be on hand with their emergency vehicles.

This year’s highlights include:

• Students will be able to see their teachers in action as the Davison Education Association will host a lemonade and apple stand.

• Dunk Tank featuring appearances by Davison High School Principal Martha Morris, High School Assistant Principals Jerry Piger and Jen Hall, Davison Middle School Principal Ken Nuss and Middle School Assistant Principal Julie Malenich, Hahn Intermediate Assistant Principal Verle Gilbert and Cardinal’s Nest Director Marilyn Strader. The Dunk Tank is sponsored in part by the Davison Odd Fellows and will be manned by volunteers from the Davison Kiwanis Club.

• Representatives from Outreach East will be collecting canned good and nonperishable items to help needy families as well as providing information about the services it offers.

• Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation plans several demonstrations including CPR demonstrations by the American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter; dancing and activities by Academy de la Danse; Great Lakes Twirling Academy; and Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong.

• The school district’s Transportation Department will be on hand to talk about bus safety, bus routes and pass out an assortment of goodies.

• The Cardinal’s Nest will offer games and prizes for youngsters.

• Davison Early Literacy Team will have reading information and an activity for children at its booth.

• SKIP (Successful Kids = Involved Parents) will have a schedule of its upcoming events as well as an activity for children ages infant to 5 years old.

• The Davison High School cheerleading team will be selling temporary tattoos featuring the "D" Davison school logo for $1.

• Pick up a fall sports schedule and senior citizens can get a free athletic pass at a table sponsored by the Athletic Department. You can also purchase a 10-game punch card for $30. Two punch cards will also be raffled off.

• DTV Channel 99 students, who have been doing their part to save the earth with its recycling project, will be collecting plastic bottles as well as returnable bottles and cans.

• Face painting by the Davison Senior Citizens Center.

• Check out old school photos and mementos that will be displayed by the Davison Area Historical Society.

• Boy Scouts of America Pack 168 will have its Pine Derby race track on hand.

• Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan will sponsor kiddie carnival games.

• The Davison Lions Club will sponsor a basketball shoot game.

• Davison Optimists Club will hold drawings for backpacks and a bicycle.

• The Davison High School Pom Pon team will be selling old uniforms.

This year’s event will once again be emceed by Brad "The Voice of Davison" Dietz.

Be sure to watch the district’s website at www.davisonschools.org for additional attractions and activities. If inclement weather occurs, the event will be canceled.

The Back to School Blast celebration kicked off in 2006 to celebrate the district’s 100th year of offering 12 grades of education. — G.G.

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