The Eastpointe Community Schools back-to-school program will feature stories read aloud for district students, which 4-year-old  Jacob Topping, 7-year-old David Ward and 3-year-old Celeste Taylor  enjoyed at last year’s back-to-school program.

The Eastpointe Community Schools back-to-school program will feature stories read aloud for district students, which 4-year-old Jacob Topping, 7-year-old David Ward and 3-year-old Celeste Taylor enjoyed at last year’s back-to-school program.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Eastpointe Community Schools to host back-to-school event

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 9, 2019

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EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe Community Schools is inviting families back for the 2019-20 school year with a celebration on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Caitlyn Kienitz, the school district’s communications and marketing coordinator, said the district has hosted this event for the last two years because it likes to welcome students and their families back and give them a head start on the school year and provide them with some useful resources, such as backpacks.

“We like to do this to kick the school year off in a positive way and bring families out to meet the staff and see one of the buildings; maybe see some friends they haven’t seen in a while,” Kienitz said. “By giving out the backpacks and other materials, it helps prepare students for school and helps out members of the community.”

The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Eastpointe Middle School, 24701 Kelly Road. It is open to all families in the district and has no cost or need to register.

Several organizations within the community have chipped in or donated items to help make the event happen. Organizers are hoping for good weather and high attendance.

“We will hopefully be outside; the last two years had to get moved indoors from the rain. We’re really excited for it, though,” Kienitz remarked. “Costco donated 400 backpacks. Dominion Technologies Group, out of Roseville, donated another 96. All of this is in addition to those the school district bought. Additionally, Meemic donated $1,000 and the Roseville-Eastpointe Chamber of Commerce donated $500. The community support has been great. We think it will be another big turnout, just like the last two years.”

The event will be filled with attractions that are both educational and fun.

“We will have food and a lot of fun activities,” said Kienitz. “United Way will be back with several activities. This includes giving out literacy kits, a puppet-making station, math games and story time being done by our teachers. We have some bounce houses coming and some fun educational programs.”

In the first two years the district has hosted the event, it has proven to be popular among families in the district.

“I have been thrilled to see the way this event has grown over the past few years,” Eastpointe Superintendent Ryan McLeod said in an email. “We have been so fortunate to have the support of the Eastpointe community and local businesses in making this a great event to welcome our families and make sure our students are ready to learn on their first day of school.” 

“Last year was wild,” added Kienitz. “We had 250 backpacks and we ran out in about 45 minutes. We had 450 people come the first year and 900 the second, so this program is growing by leaps and bounds. Our goal is to get backpacks to every student that attends and ensure we are helping kids have what they need on the first day of school. Families can always use that little bit of extra support.”

District staff are hoping this event will be just as successful or more so than the previous two years.

“Not only is this back-to-school event a great way to get our families excited for a new school year, it is also an opportunity for members of the community to come see what their neighborhood schools are all about,” wrote McLeod. “Whether you are new to Eastpointe or have lived here for many years, the back-to-school event is a great time to learn more about wonderful things that are happening in our schools to serve our families and community.”

The fall semester will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 27, which will be a half-day of classes.

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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