2017-08-10 / News

‘Back to School Blast’ lived up to its name

By Timothy Mucciante
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Middle schooler stuck heels-over-head on the Cardinal Stadium field while playing Bash Ball Middle schooler stuck heels-over-head on the Cardinal Stadium field while playing Bash Ball Only smiles could be seen this last Tuesday at the 12th annual Back to School Blast held at Davison High School’s Cardinal Stadium. Michigan weather cooperated, free food was available, together with free games and free shows. The event was sponsored by Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation and the Davison Educational Foundation.

Michelle Edwards, director of Public Information for Davison Community Schools, said the event was originally conceived in 2006 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Davison school district, which was founded in 1907. The first celebration was such a huge success that it has been repeated every year except one that was rained out. Edwards says this year is the largest in terms of vendors, totaling 53 participating groups. All vendors must do to be included in the blast is give away something free to the blast-goers.


The Cardinals mascot greeting some fans at the blast The Cardinals mascot greeting some fans at the blast Edwards said the blast is a “free family night to kick off the school year and welcome everyone back.” Edwards approximated the crowd to be between 2,500 and 3,000 people, which is based on the number of hotdogs given out.

Barbara Johnson, a Davison school parent, was also all smiles, “I just want the kids to have fun and excel and be awesome, continue to be awesome every year, just continue to be better and better. We love it here.” Johnson said the blast was a great way for kids to get excited about going back to school. “Last year was our first year of coming to the blast and we had a lot of fun. We are having a lot of fun this year too,” Johnson added.

Johnson’s son, Alex Anderson, was also enjoying himself after getting the chance to sit behind the wheel of a Davison police SUV. He is going into third grade. When asked what he was excited about in the new school year, Alex replied, “I am looking forward to making new friends.”


Miss Davison 2017, Devyn Omron, and her court, Avery Snyder and Electra Danielle Hug Miss Davison 2017, Devyn Omron, and her court, Avery Snyder and Electra Danielle Hug The Cardinals mascot was also in attendance. Inside the cardinal suit was Carter Holmes, who although busy taking pictures with adoring children, took a break for an interview. Asked how he liked being the mascot, Holmes said, “I like it. It’s definitely enjoyable helping out the community and being a part of it in general.” Holmes said he enjoyed being at the blast to get kids excited about the upcoming school year. “I like interacting with the kids when they come up to me. I have never really done this before, but it is something I definitely like.”

The Back to School Blast will certainly be back next year, according to Edwards. She said to watch the district’s website at www.davisonschools.org for details early next summer.



Davison third-grader Alex Anderson checks out what it feels like to behind the wheel of a police SUV Davison third-grader Alex Anderson checks out what it feels like to behind the wheel of a police SUV

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