ASHLAND Ashland Town Center will help the community kick off the new school year with two events: Back-to-School Party and Stuff the Bus.

During Stuff the Bus, which lasts through Saturday, guests will have the opportunity to support local schools by donating supplies and resources for students and teachers in need. As a celebratory finale for the donation event, Ashland Town Center will host a Back-to-School Party on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This family-friendly event aims to celebrate a new academic year for local students of all grade levels, while also showing support for schools in the community. Back-to-School Party will feature entertaining activities, food vendors, craft stations, games, Peanut the Magical Clown, giveaways, DockDogs and more.

“Ashland Town Center recognizes the important role our schools play in driving the future of our city, and we wanted to host two events that support exactly that,” said Jaime Bloss, ATC Marketing Director. “Stuff the Bus and Back-to-School Party truly align with our community values, and we’re looking forward to not only celebrating with families through a fun event, but also giving back in a meaningful way.”

Ashland Town Center officials said they are proud to partner with the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Association for Stuff the Bus. School supplies that are donated will be utilized for the Backpack Program they coordinate each year for local schools. The donated school supplies can be dropped off in the JC Penney area in the provided bins.

Visit www.ashlandtowncenter.com for additional information on Stuff the Bus and Back-to-School Party or other upcoming events at Ashland Town Center.

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