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The Monroe City Emergency Services will host their first Back to School Bash on August 6, in St. Jude’s Park, from 5-8 p.m. Alderman Connie Painter stated, “I hope this event will grow bigger each year for the youth in our community.” Area students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth will be able to pick up free school supplies and enjoy an evening of free entertainment with activities.

The Monroe City Community Task Force will be handing out free school supplies and cotton candy to the Monroe City R-1 School District and Holy Rosary School students enrolled for school for the 2019-2020 school year. Anyone who would like to donate school supplies can do so by dropping off the following items at the Monroe City Police Department: pencils, pens, crayons, wide ruled notebooks, erasers, black dry erase markers, glue sticks, headphones, folders, markers, colored pencils, Kleenex, baby wipes and book bags.

Located at the Monroe City Community Task Force booth will also so be supplies for teachers. Teachers present will also be able to enter in to a drawing to win a School Supply “Cake”. The cake will be made out of school supplies for his/her classroom. Teachers will be given Clorox wipes and Kleenex for their classrooms as well.

Licken’s Barbeque Truck will be there with Chef D’s famous smoked meat, along with other menu items and drinks to choose from. The first 200 children will receive a free hot dog and bottle of water, donated by C&R Market and smoked by Chef D.  Families will be able to spend their evening at the park collecting school supplies and have the option to have dinner as well. will be free hot dogs and water for the first 200 kids. Dominque Carter will be present to satisfy those who have a sweet tooth offering cookies and desserts.

Parents will want to dress their children in attire they don’t mind getting wet, to participate in the Cops vs. Kids water gun fight. Children are required to bring their own water guns. A 3,000-gallon water tank will be provided for children and officers to refill their guns.

There will also be a slip-n-slide Kick Ball game with the Monroe City Emergency Service Departments. Other activities will include bounce houses, dunking booth, duck pond game and sand pit game with prizes.

Monroe City Police Chief Tyler Wheeler stated, “This event was inspired by the National Night Out held each year in communities across the United States.” National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.