School kickoff event set in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A special event next weekend is aimed at getting Youngstown City Schools students ready for the new year.

The free program takes place Aug. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Rayen Stadium, 250 Benita Ave. in Youngstown. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and free book bags and school supplies will be given away while supplies last.

There also will be free food, games, face painting, music and bounce houses. There also will be information available on the schools, as well as social service and health agencies.

The program hopes to present Youngstown City Schools as “the total package.”

“You will hear people talk about that a lot, giving kids every opportunity to succeed. But that is what we must do and when I say all hands on deck, it has to be the board, the superintendent, the city, the county, because the success and growth of Youngstown is so important to the success of the Mahoning Valley,” State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, said.

The giveaway is being made possible by contributions from city, state and community programs, including the office of Mayor John McNally, the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (C.I.R.V.) and Coordinator Guy Burney, pastor Al Yanno from NOW Youngstown, Schiavoni and the office of Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles.

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