Story County Blast Back to School Fair

Story County Blast Back to School Fair Story County Blast Back to School Fair aims to relieve the burden of back to school expenses for local families of K–12 students. Mission Statement: Story County Blast Back to School Fair aims to relieve the burden of back to school expenses for local families of K – 12 students in a festive and engaging environment that fosters community relationships.

Story County Blast Back to School Fair, presented by Storey-Kenworthy, is on August 11, 2017 between 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Ames Middle School. An engaging, energetic event for Story County children entering grades Kindergarten through 12. Each child will receive basic school supplies and backpacks while supplies last, to help them start their 2017-18 school year. Our goal is to build relationships and make connections. It takes about $100 worth of supplies for each child, so we are encouraging donations, so children can be equipped with school necessities. This event is a community effort coordinated by the Boys and Girls Club of Story County, Volunteer Center of Story County, Primary Health Care, Ames Community School District, YSS, Cornerstone Church and community volunteers. To donate supplies or monetary contributions, click on our website.

Operating as usual

Here's an update from the Ames Community School District with their drive up distribution.  Congrats on a successful eve...
09/02/2020

Here's an update from the Ames Community School District with their drive up distribution. Congrats on a successful event and thankful we could support students with needed supplies for the year.

The Blast Back to School event on August 19 was a huge success. In all, 614 backpacks full of supplies were handed out to students and families. Thanks to the entire team who helped make this happen! #AmesCSD

Thanks to our donors and volunteers! We were able to pack 900 backpacks with supplies that will be distributed to Story ...
08/16/2020

Thanks to our donors and volunteers! We were able to pack 900 backpacks with supplies that will be distributed to Story County kids this week by the school districts.
If you are looking to receive a backpack or supplies, check with your school district. Ames and Nevada have sent out emails with updates.

We are prepped and ready for packing our backpacks this week for school distribution. Thanks to the Story County donors ...
08/12/2020

We are prepped and ready for packing our backpacks this week for school distribution. Thanks to the Story County donors for loving on our kids, families and schools. We are thrilled with quantity of donations especially in light of COVID. Stay tuned next week as we thank our sponsors.

Half of the backpacks have been staged for our volunteers. Thanks to the community for their support! 800 backpacks plus...
08/09/2020

Half of the backpacks have been staged for our volunteers. Thanks to the community for their support! 800 backpacks plus supplies have been purchased for kids in our community.

08/08/2020

Update 8/7:
Supply Distribution will be by school district this year - CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT for information

NEVADA FAMILIES - please see your email for district information or contact Jodi Heeren at [email protected] for more information

AMES COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT - please refer to Ames District website for more information

08/03/2020

8/3 Update:
We are currently underway purchasing supplies for about 800 backpacks of supplies (maybe even more due to the generosity of our donors). Plans for distribution will be coming out this week for Ames and Nevada School Districts on our Facebook site; they are under the stages of final approval. We want to keep families and staff safe, while filling this important need. Key information that will be provided is how to get supplies and key points of contact for questions/follow up. Thank you for your patience while we worked through these details; this year has been unique with our challenges and we are thankful for support of the community to pull this off in this modified format.

With the water fountains being turned off this year, students are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to fill up...
07/21/2020

With the water fountains being turned off this year, students are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to fill up. If you have any unused water bottles, we are taking donations of these.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
-Ames Community School District Office / 2005 24th St. / Ames, Iowa 50010 on Monday - Thursday 9 am -11 am. There will be a bin outside weather permitting.
-Volunteer Center of Story County / 110 Crystal St / Ames, IA 50010. Please fill out this google form to coordinate drop off to make sure someone is there to receive your donations. https://forms.gle/gnn31QNzamu74owm7

Thank you for being a Back to School Hero!
Thanks to Ames Community School District and the Volunteer Center of Story County for your support!

To help equip parents to screen kids at home, Districts have requested donations of thermometers.  Thanks for helping be...
07/20/2020

To help equip parents to screen kids at home, Districts have requested donations of thermometers. Thanks for helping be a Back to School Hero!

Donations can be dropped off at the following location:
-Volunteer Center of Story County / 110 Crystal St / Ames, IA 50010. Please fill out this google form to coordinate drop off to make sure someone is there to receive your donations. https://forms.gle/gnn31QNzamu74owm7

We are seeking donations of kid & teen size masks as we prepare for the 2020 school year.  1000's will be needed and if ...
07/17/2020

We are seeking donations of kid & teen size masks as we prepare for the 2020 school year. 1000's will be needed and if you are handy with a sewing machine, we need your help!
Pattern is posted here: https://www.healthiestames.org/program

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
-Ames Community School District Office / 2005 24th St. / Ames, Iowa 50010 on Monday - Thursday 9 am -11 am. There will be a bin outside weather permitting.
-Volunteer Center of Story County / 110 Crystal St / Ames, IA 50010. Please fill out this google form to coordinate drop off to make sure someone is there to receive your donations. https://forms.gle/gnn31QNzamu74owm7

Thanks Ames Community School District & Volunteer Center of Story County for supporting students!

For those wanting to contribute monetary donations to the Story County Blast Back to School 2020 Supply Drive, here is a...
06/11/2020
Blast Back to School Donation Drop-off

For those wanting to contribute monetary donations to the Story County Blast Back to School 2020 Supply Drive, here is a link to the donation site: https://vcstory.networkforgood.com/projects/102480-story-county-blast-back-to-school-2020

Supply Donations can be dropped off at the following location:
-Volunteer Center of Story County / 110 Crystal St / Ames, IA 50010. Please fill out this google form to coordinate drop off to make sure someone is there to receive your donations. https://forms.gle/gnn31QNzamu74owm7

Thank you for supporting the Story County Blast Back to School Supply Drive. Even though it's different this year, the need is a great as ever. Please let us know what, where and when you would like to drop off your items for donations, so volunteers can arrange to expect the donations. Please call....

06/11/2020

Blast Back to School 2020 update 6/10/20:

COVID has impacted our planning, but also our vision for this year's event. We will be doing a supply drive, but it will look different this year. We will NOT be doing a large community event.

We are working to partner with the local schools on the critical supplies that will be needed in 2020, but also waiting to hear what the 2020 School Year will look like. When schools release their 2020 Return to School plans in early July, we will orient our efforts around supporting the kids and schools with the most needed items.

A few key things:
-For those needing supplies, we will have an update in July with our plans for distributing our donations.
-For those wanting to donate: we are focusing primarily on monetary donations, but still accepting school supply items. Donation links and donation drop off to be communicated shortly.
-For those wanting to volunteer, more information to come.

We thank your for your interest and support with the Story County Blast Back to School Drive 2020. We are saddened that we will miss out on the sense of community with our typical Blast Back to School Event, but look forward to the continued impact our communities can have on the lives of students and families in Story County.

#ToDoTuesday -- Check this off your list today -- (or by Friday at the latest).  Nominate someone (or a group) under the...
03/10/2020

#ToDoTuesday -- Check this off your list today -- (or by Friday at the latest). Nominate someone (or a group) under the age of 25 for the Story County Youth Volunteer Awards. Nominations Due by Friday, March 13. http://ow.ly/YuNe50yIe8z

Are you interested in volunteering in Story County?  Do you want to know more about opportunities to help local human se...
09/25/2019

Are you interested in volunteering in Story County? Do you want to know more about opportunities to help local human service agencies? Stop by the VCSC office on October 15. Anytime between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. RSVP here: http://ow.ly/5Q1H50wqVdO

Five things you and your family can do in observance of 9/11 today.1.  Pick any charity or cause that matters to you (Hu...
09/11/2019

Five things you and your family can do in observance of 9/11 today.

1. Pick any charity or cause that matters to you (Hurricane Dorian relief, climate change, domestic violence prevention...it's up to you); then make a modest donation online if you can to a trusted charity in that field.
2. Involve your kids! Go through clothes they've outgrown, or toys they don't play with, and donate them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
3. Donate pet food to a local animal shelter.
4. Donate old cell phones, which often are provided to shelters for victims of domestic abuse. Many mobile phone companies accept these at their local stores.
5. Do a good deed for yourself – you count, too – so make 9/11 the day you quit smoking, start exercising, or begin a new activity you’ve put off.

Need more ideas? Go online to http://ow.ly/Mpyo50w5Nsx and search for other ideas.

Thank you @MaderPhotography for all of these AMAZING pictures of the event, the volunteers and the community who partici...
08/13/2019

Thank you @MaderPhotography for all of these AMAZING pictures of the event, the volunteers and the community who participated in the 2019 Story County Blast Back to School Fair

Thank you @MaderPhotography for all of these AMAZING pictures of the event, the volunteers and the community who participated in the 2019 Story County Blast Back to School Fair

Thank you to Ames Community School District for their partnership! We were excited to help with school readiness and pro...
08/11/2019

Thank you to Ames Community School District for their partnership! We were excited to help with school readiness and provide needed back to school supplies. The Middle School was a great host site again.

With over 1,000 pre-registered and many more who registered today, it's safe to say that the Story County Blast Back to School Fair was an overwhelming success this year. Thanks to all of the businesses and community partners who helped ensure our students are prepared for school! #AmesCSD

It was great to have the Ames Public Library as a partner at the Story County Blast Back to School Fair on Friday! Thank...
08/11/2019

It was great to have the Ames Public Library as a partner at the Story County Blast Back to School Fair on Friday! Thanks for getting families signed up with library cards.

Thank you to all who organized the Blast Back to School Event held at Ames Middle School. They gave out over a thousand free backpacks and school supplies. Ames Public Library was there registering families for library cards - another back to school essential! Do you have yours?

Thank you to Perfect Games for donating the pizzas for the kids and families to enjoy at the carnival during the event.
08/10/2019

Thank you to Perfect Games for donating the pizzas for the kids and families to enjoy at the carnival during the event.

08/09/2019

Are you ready?! We are ready!

The event starts at 1:00 p.m.

We are all prepped and ready for Story County Blast Back to School Fair 2019!The event will run from 1 pm until 5 pm whi...
08/09/2019

We are all prepped and ready for Story County Blast Back to School Fair 2019!

The event will run from 1 pm until 5 pm while supplies last! Walk up registrations are welcome if you missed the pre-registration period.

Volunteers are hard at work packaging supplies for tomorrow’s event. Walk-up registrations are welcome tomorrow, and sup...
08/08/2019

Volunteers are hard at work packaging supplies for tomorrow’s event. Walk-up registrations are welcome tomorrow, and supplies are on a first come and first serve basis.

See you tomorrow at 1:00 P.M.

This morning we picked up all of the supplies that have been stored at Farner Storage to bring to the Ames Middle School...
08/08/2019

This morning we picked up all of the supplies that have been stored at Farner Storage to bring to the Ames Middle School.

Thank you to Farner for generously letting us use your space to store extra supplies during the year!

Thank you to Burke Corporation - Fully Cooked Meats for your generous donation to Story County Blast Back to School Even...
08/07/2019
Needs | Volunteer Center of Story County

Thank you to Burke Corporation - Fully Cooked Meats for your generous donation to Story County Blast Back to School Event 2019.

We still need volunteers on Thursday and Friday!

Sign-up here: https://vcstory.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=1933&fbclid=IwAR02Ln83set-48UkgHBR3yj6b3ZiSu9rAJfDy0rhu3Pl3quAA440LjTQekA

Story County Blast Back to School Fair aims to relieve the burden of back to school expenses for local families of K – 12 students in a festive and engaging environment that fosters community relationships.

08/06/2019

Pre-Registration for Story County Blast Back to School Event 2019 has closed. However, you can still walk-up and register on the day of the event.

We look forward to seeing everyone at 1 p.m. on Friday.

The donations are rolling in! Thank you to Storey Kenworthy Office Products and Interiors for letting us use your showro...
08/06/2019

The donations are rolling in! Thank you to Storey Kenworthy Office Products and Interiors for letting us use your showroom floor to store school supplies and for your $1,000 donation to support the event.

Thank you to our presenting carnival sponsor the Ames Police Department.This year we will have a giant slide, laser tag ...
08/06/2019

Thank you to our presenting carnival sponsor the Ames Police Department.

This year we will have a giant slide, laser tag and Kona Ice for everyone to enjoy after you get your school supplies.

If you missed the registration period walk-ups are welcome on Friday!

Please note -- students do not have to be present at the Fair to receive school supplies. If students are pre-registered...
08/05/2019

Please note -- students do not have to be present at the Fair to receive school supplies. If students are pre-registered, adults may pick up supplies at the fair.

Pre-register here -- https://tinyurl.com/2019BBTS

We are not able to arrange for early pick-up. All remaining supplies will be divided and distributed to Story County School Districts. You are encouraged to check with the school counselors beginning next week about those supplies.

08/05/2019

PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSES IN 30 MINUTES! You will still be able to attend the event. Supplies will be distributed while they last. Pre-registration helps us ensure we have enough supplies.

https://tinyurl.com/2019BBTS

Thank you to Freehold Software for sponsoring a donation of earbuds for our Middle School and High School students!
08/05/2019

Thank you to Freehold Software for sponsoring a donation of earbuds for our Middle School and High School students!

A huge shout-out to the Ames Golden K Kiwanis for collecting supplies and a generous donation of $750 for Story County B...
08/03/2019

A huge shout-out to the Ames Golden K Kiwanis for collecting supplies and a generous donation of $750 for Story County Blast Back to School Event 2019.

Thank you to the Ames Home Builders Association for their generous donation of $1000 to Story County Blast Back to Schoo...
08/02/2019

Thank you to the Ames Home Builders Association for their generous donation of $1000 to Story County Blast Back to School Event 2019!

We still need volunteers next week Thursday and Friday. Check out opportunities to get involved here:
https://vcstory.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=1933&fbclid=IwAR02Ln83set-48UkgHBR3yj6b3ZiSu9rAJfDy0rhu3Pl3quAA440LjTQekA

The AHBA is pleased to have donated $1000 to the Blast Back to School event. This donation will supply children with free school supplies. In addition to the donation, volunteers are needed. If you are interested in helping go to the Volunteer Center of Story County site at https://vcstory.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=1933

Stuff the Bus with Walmart Ames - Grand Ave and The Salvation Army of Ames & Story County has been canceled tomorrow. Ho...
08/02/2019

Stuff the Bus with Walmart Ames - Grand Ave and The Salvation Army of Ames & Story County has been canceled tomorrow.

However, if you would like to purchase any of the following supplies you can drop them off at Storey Kenworthy Office Products and Interiors (424 S Bell Ave) or the Volunteer Center of Story County.

- College Ruled Spiral Notebooks
- Dry Erase Markers
- 5-Tab 3-Ring Dividers
-3"x3" Post-It Notes
- Black Sharpie Markers
- 8-pack Crayola MArkers
- Highlighters
- Vinyl Pocket Folders
- 1.5" 3-Ring Binders
- 3"x5" Index Cards
- 12 packs of Colored Pencils

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3915 Mortensen Road
Ames, IA
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Mission Statement: Story County Blast Back to School Fair aims to relieve the burden of back to school expenses for local families of K – 12 students in a festive and engaging environment that fosters community relationships.

Story County Blast Back to School Fair, presented by Storey-Kenworthy, is on August 9, 2019 between 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Ames Middle School.

An engaging, energetic event for Story County children entering grades Kindergarten through 12. Each child will receive basic school supplies and backpacks while supplies last, to help them start their 2018-19 school year. Our goal is to build relationships and make connections. It takes about $100 worth of supplies for each child, so we are encouraging donations, so children can be equipped with school necessities. This event is a community effort coordinated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Story County, Volunteer Center of Story County, Primary Health Care, The Salvation Army of Ames & Story County, Nevada Community School District, Ames Community School District, YSS, Calvary UMC, Hope Lutheran of Ames, and community volunteers.

To donate supplies or monetary contributions, click on our website.

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awesome i love what story county is doing for the community... 😁
The link to register says it's no longer available. Is there another way to register?
how do we sign up for this?
What do we need to bring if registered??
If you know of any kids that need Sports Physicals for 2017/2018 school year, here is a GREAT event to help make that possible. This event is free.