Copperas Cove businesses, churches, organizations holding back to school events
By BRITTANY FHOLER
Copperas Cove ISD teachers and staff have started back for the 2023-2024 school year this week, and the first day of school for students is on Wednesday, August 16.
There are plenty of events in town to help celebrate the new school year.
On August 10, the Copperas Cove Police Department will be hosting Snow Cone with a Cop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Police Department. Party N Jump will be providing the snow cones, while CCPD will be providing KIDDO Cards.
Sunset Sage Boutique, located in the Preferred Plaza at 2210 E. Bus. 190 Ste 7 (upstairs), is holding a Back to School Bash for families, offering a $10 school-themed paint set for kids, plus snacks and cookies.
Robertson Avenue Baptist Church is holding a Back to School Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 13, at 7:15 p.m.
For families in need of assistance, there are also events aimed at giving away supplies.
Victory Baptist Church will be giving away school supplies and clothes on Saturday, August 5, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The school supplies are for students from kindergarten through high school, and the clothes range in sizes from children’s sizes to adults’.
Grace United Methodist Church, located at 101 W. Avenue F, will be holding its annual Back2School Buzz on August 5 as well, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event requires parents/guardians to register for free tickets at : https://bit.ly/GUMC-B2SB. This event is limited to Copperas Cove ISD students only, with a limit of four bags per family. Supplies will be distributed inside the church, and the ticket is required as well as a form of ID in order to receive the supplies. The event also will have a car show, food, games and other fun activities, as well as free eye exams, clothing and opportunities to sign up for tutoring that will be offered during the school year.
Chick-fil-A of Copperas Cove is also hosting their annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will include a pep rally, with CCHS Bulldawg athletes, coaches, Copperettes, CCJHS cheer and Dance, plus a dance off between the Copperas Cove Police Department and Fire Department. Chick-fil-A is asking people to bring a bag of school supplies to be donated to Communities in Schools, which serves the district’s student population that is most in need. If a person brings a bag of supplies, they will be invited to spin the Wheel of Prizes.
H-E-B Plus! in Copperas Cove is hosting a Kids' Day on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be activities in each department, along with a petting zoo, and the fire and police departments on hand with their displays. The theme is children’s books.
Unity Baptist Church, located at 903 N. 1st St, is hosting a Back to School Backpack and Supply giveaway on August 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. while supplies last. The child receiving supplies must be present in order to get the supplies.
On Sunday, August 13, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., several local businesses and organizations have partnered for the Copperas Cove Back 2 School Community Supply Pickup Barbers and Believers.
This event will include free school supplies, a coupon for a free haircut, food and refreshments, entertainment in the form of Gospel Hip Hop and worship music, bounce houses, water games, horse back rides and more. The event is free to the public, courtesy of Books Over Bars, Inc.; Nonpareil Barbershop; Redemptive Blood Kennels, HBC Salon Suites, Taylor Made Riders and Stables. Other local businesses that have donated supplies to the event include the Norns by the Witches Closet, Rissy’s Slappin’ Sips and Bangin’ Bites, M&M Automotive and the G&B Saloon. The Cove Theater has donated movie tickets for families for a kids series during the back to school week also.
For those interested in donating to a school supply drive, the annual Copperas Cove ISD Stuff the Bus will be held that same weekend, from Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13. This weekend is Tax Free Weekend in Texas. This event will be held at the Copperas Cove Wal-Mart. Supplies collected will be distributed to the district’s “at-promise” students that are most in need. Wal-Mart has printouts of the school supply lists for each campus, and the list can also be found on the CCISD website: https://www.ccisd.com/147655_2.