Washington Street Baptist Church will host its annual Back-to-School Bash from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church campus at 721 Washington St., and the event promises fun, food, school supplies and more.

The free event will provide school supplies to students from preschool through high school. The church first hosted the event in 1992 before merging it with other organizations. Pastor Raynarldo Henderson said the church restarted its own bash three years ago.

Representatives from West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Murray State University and the University of Louisville will be on hand Sunday, as will people from the Starbright Language Center. Someone will be at the site to talk about Medicare and Medicaid, and prizes will be given to students throughout the day.

"The highlight is for kids to see their teachers, principals and administrators of all the schools here on campus as well," Henderson said. "The kids will go to the table that marks their school, and their teachers and principals will give them their school supplies.

"We'll even have a school supply table for the teachers. The news reported that teachers spend about $400 out of their pockets each year, so we'll have copying paper, markers and disinfecting material -- all kinds of things that the teachers will be able to receive as well."

Haircuts and manicures also will be available, and lunch will be provided by Texas Roadhouse. The event is sponsored by WPSD Local 6, Independence Bank, Etcetera Coffeehouse, FNB Bank and Paducah Water Works.

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