Another wonderful week of Serve Moses Lake’s Back-2-School events is in the books, and what a success! There were seven events throughout the Moses Lake School District this year, with the new addition of the Frontier Middle School event for the first time. Each event was filled with humble and smiling volunteers, piles of colorful school supplies, and grateful attendees who left prepared to start a great year.
Although Serve Moses Lake is the organization behind the events, the true legwork is completed by local churches, eager to serve the students and families of MLSD. Each event is headed up by one or more local churches; their staff and volunteers complete all planning for their event, gather schools supplies or donations to purchase the supplies, and are present the day of the event to show love to all who attend. SML is blessed every year by the number of people who step up to get involved in these events; we couldn’t host these events without our wonderful churches and their volunteers!
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s events:
Moses Lake High School-- This event was hosted by Journey Church and Moses Lake Alliance for students of the high school and CBTech. Lots of volunteers were present, including young children handing out water bottles and ice cream bars. Attendees were lined up by 9 a.m., a full hour before the event was scheduled to begin! A senior at MLHS shared that she was excited for the new school year, and feeling ready to begin.
Frontier Middle School-- This event, hosted by Moses Lake Worship Center, ML First Baptist, and Faith Community, was brand new this year. We were thrilled when these churches wanted to start the event, and can’t wait to see its future growth. The event had small beginnings, but many volunteers and a great sense of community as these three churches took a risk together. The event featured a BBQ, free supplies, music, and even foosball tables!
Endeavor Middle School-- Grace Harvest and ML Christian Church teamed up again this year to host this event for students of Endeavor and Chief Moses Middle Schools. There was an incredible number of volunteers present from both churches, and many fun activities for students to enjoy. They had everything, from a giant PVC pipe construction for “9 Square” all the way down to checkers. Scott West, the new principal at Endeavor, shared his excitement for the coming year; he looks forward to getting to know the community and continuing to build relationships.
Larson Heights Elementary School-- This event continues to astound us with its yearly growth, with more and more students being served each year by Light of Larson, Our Lady of Fatima, ML Seventh-Day Adventist, and a local house church. This year the event served students from Larson, North, Longview, and Knolls Vista Elementary Schools. Although the event had to be temporarily moved inside, that didn’t stop volunteers from striking up conversations, laughing with students and their families, and even starting two reading circles on the floor. The event included a large clothing giveaway section, with lots of quality donations for recipients to choose from.
Peninsula Elementary School-- This energetic event, hosted by Peninsula Community, ML Presbyterian, and Sendero Life Center, served students of Peninsula, Midway, and Sage Point Elementary Schools. The upbeat music could be heard driving up to the event, and the corridor leading into the school’s courtyard was lined with smiling volunteers, tables of food, and activities stations for students. A volunteer shared that, “the kids were excited and happy to be here. It’s a blessing to be a blessing to the community.”
Lakeview Terrace Elementary School-- Immanuel Lutheran, Lakeview Missionary, and ML United Methodist worked together to host this event. The event featured a bouncy house, free clothing and school supplies, and an impressive obstacle course! A student shared his excitement for the coming school year, saying that he was most excited for soccer, science, and math. He also shared that he used to fail in school, but he’s gotten so much better because of his caring teachers and other school workers.
The Assembly at Moses Lake-- The Assembly hosted their event for students of Garden Heights and Park Orchard Elementary Schools. Despite a particularly bad week for smoke in the area, The Assembly moved forward with their event and the day was blessed with cooler temperatures and a breeze to relieve some of the smoke! This event featured carnival games, a hotdog eating contest, the Story Barn, and, of course, plenty of school supplies to go around. Volunteers noted the beautiful weather, great attendance, and high number of dedicated volunteers to make the event a success.