Summer Jubilee helps students in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — This year’s Summer Jubilee ran from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at three different Marysville schools, and by about the halfway mark of the event, those distribution sites were already starting to run out of school supplies.

At about 11:30 a.m., the volunteers handing out free school supplies at Totem Middle School started sending families with high school students to the Cascade and Shoultes elementary schools to pick up their school supplies instead. Event organizer Stacy Henrichs had arranged for the 3,000 bags of free school supplies to be evenly distributed between the three schools, and she was impressed by the day’s turnout.

“It’s been amazing,” Henrichs said midway through the Summer Jubilee. “We’ve had kids playing games, getting their faces painted and getting snow cones until the machine broke down,” she laughed. “We’ve been super busy and the kids have been super excited.”

While this year’s Summer Jubilee did not include the free haircuts that volunteers had offered last year, more than a dozen participating Marysville and Arlington churches staffed information booths, served food and engaged younger attendees in activities. The Mountainside Fellowship Cowboy Church not only dished up hot dogs, but also had members such as Ed Branch teaching lassoing techniques to area kids such as Isaiah Villasenor.

“It’s great to see all these churches coming together and partnering with the school district to put smiles on so many kids’ faces,” Henrichs said.

Brandi Andrews returned to the Summer Jubilee for the second year in a row this year. While she noted that the event was a bit different from last year, she still appreciated it.

“I’ve only got two kids of my own in school right now, so I’d probably be spending $20 or $30 on school supplies otherwise,” said Andrews, who brought her three daughters and two nephews to Totem Middle School. “It’s good that they’re doing this. It lets me get the kids out of the house.”

Kristena McFadden brought her two little girls, Kelsey and Hailey Patrick, and their grandmother, Kathy McFadden, to take part in the event for the first time this year.

“I’m surprised they gave out free food,” Kristena said, before laughing, “That’s the girls’ favorite part. They were so excited to get up and come here this morning. At this age, I’d probably only be spending $25 on school supplies for them, but every little bit helps. It’s awesome.”

At Cascade Elementary, middle school student Macy Willis was still young enough to have fun catching prizes at the “fishing wall,” while her friend Olivia Blevins’ favorite part of the day was simply getting her school supplies.

“With two kids in middle school, I’d probably be spending $50 each on school supplies,” said mom Sharon Maltbie. “I’m grateful to them for doing this. It’s wonderful fun for parents and kids alike.”

“School supplies have gotten so expensive that we want families to be able to start their school year with fresh crayons and new pencils,” Henrichs said. “It’s an honor for us to serve our Lord and the community in this way.”

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