Back-to-school rallies will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in 15 neighborhoods. This event will provide more than 7,000 elementary, middle and high school students with free backpacks and school supplies.
9 to 11 a.m.: Student backpack registration and family activities at all locations
10 a.m.: News conference at Douglass Park
Noon: Backpack distribution (all grade levels at every site)
1 to 4 p.m.: Community pool party at Douglass Park
“The goal of this initiative is to prepare children for school and to unify our neighborhoods for even greater self-advocacy and community planning. Neighborhoods build bridges with schools, churches and local businesses by establishing relationships they can utilize in the future for a variety of purposes,” said Jessica Berry, the YMCA’s vice president of youth development.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky, in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, is hosting the rallies.
▪ Coolavin Park, 550 E. Sixth Street
▪ Douglass Park, 726 Georgetown Street
▪ Gainesway Park, 3460 Milano Road
▪ Gardenside Christian Church, 940 Holly Springs Drive
▪ Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 2185 Garden Springs Drive
▪ Green Acres Park, 1560 LaSalle Road
▪ Imani Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Street
▪ Lou Johnson Park, 190 Prall Street
▪ Marlboro Park, 1870 Benton Road
▪ Russell Cave Church of Christ, 1841 McCullough Drive
▪ Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 East Fifth Street
▪ Speigle Heights Park, 424 Speigle Street
▪ Total Grace, 1313 N. Limestone Street
▪ Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive
▪ Woodhill Park, 457 Larkwood Drive
How to help
To volunteer in advance and on the day of the rallies, contact the YMCA’s Jessica Berry at 859-367-7337. To donate or support the Y’s efforts to send Lexington children to school prepared, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 859-367-7333 or visit Bit.ly/297HZyl.