Back to school party

LIHUE — Stacie Chiba-Miguel got help from her brother Bradley and many more Tuesday morning.

“We’re getting help from all kinds of people to do this Back to School Bash,” said the operations and real estate manager for the Kukui Grove Center.

Chiba-Miguel was supervising the movement of school supplies to the mall where more volunteers will be packing the 1,700 bags of school supplies.

Kukui Grove, in partnership with the Department of Education, Hawaii Medical Service Association, and community organizations and businesses, will provide students with bags of free supplies to start the school year.

The second “Back to School Bash & School Supplies Giveaway” is Saturday, with registration starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m.

“We have already received an incredible amount of support and sponsorships from our community partners and businesses,” said Wade Lord, Kukui Grove general manager.

Last year, they provided more than 1,200 students with supplies to start the school year. This year, the goal is to provide supplies for 1,700 students.

“The Kauai community is such a huge part of Kukui Grove Center and we are overjoyed that we can give back to the community and also help ease some of the stress that is associated with the start of a new school year,” Lord said.

The free event will feature a resource fair, where people have a chance to win a $500 Kukui Grove shopping spree by participating in the bingo games.

Keiki can earn prizes in a fun zone by participating in healthy and fun games.

Servco Subaru is participating by having a Fill the Subaru School Supply Forester for Kumu’s Cupboard, a resource where school teachers are able to “shop” for school supplies.

“These are new facets to the Back to School Bash,” Chiba-Miguel said. “After watching and listening to people from last year’s successful event, we incorporated the keiki fun zone and the resource fair. We also added one-inch binders to the list of items being given away.”

Chiba-Miguel said sponsorships for the Back to School Bash & School Supplies Giveaway are still being accepted.

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