Wilson County students of all ages gathered Saturday at Lebanon High School to ring in the new school year at the Back to School Bash. The bash began at 10 a.m. and continued until 2 p.m. as students, parents and visitors enjoyed the entertainment.
When visitors entered Lebanon High School’s new campus, the first sight to be beheld was one that is far from common in Lebanon. The Lebanon Police Department gathered its SWAT vehicles and equipment to showcase and acquaint students. A light-armored vehicle, a SWAT van, a remote-controlled robot and a tear gas launcher were among the items gathered. Throughout the day, officers talked with students and explained the need for such equipment, and students were given to opportunity to meet and take a picture with the police mascot.
Inside the high school numerous booths were set up by organizations from around Wilson County. Some booths offered free services while others gave parents the opportunity to sign their children up for organizations and programs.
Genesis Career College Beauty and Cosmetology School provided students with free haircuts so that they could return to school looking their best, and to ensure they could see their new "do" a local optometrist provided free eye screenings. To further prepare students for their return to the hallways, Global Vision Bible Church gave away pens, crayons and other school supplies students will need. Nearly every booth at the event provided children with what could be argued is the most important resource in school, energy, which came in the form of candies and snacks of all kind.
Other groups in attendance included the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Wilson County school nurses and Prospect Child Development. Each of these groups and many others showcased what they can provide for Wilson County and allowed parents to sign their children up for special programs or activities.
While parents got to business visiting the booths along the walls, children young and old enjoyed the attractions set up in the middle of the event. Two large inflated obstacle courses filled the middle portion of the school's common area, and children climbed, jumped and hurdled their way through them all through the midday hours. Once they had worn themselves out, fresh milk and healthy snacks were handed out a short distance away.
Wilson County officially kicked off the school year Thursday.