Back to School Celebration Set for Aug. 22

When do you know it’s almost time to go back to school?

When Yolanda Valles, parent liaison at the Mary C. Burke Elementary Complex, announces the date of Chelsea’s annual Back to School Celebration.

“The Chelsea Public Schools is hosting this event on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Williams School,” reported Valles about the 18th annual kickoff to the school year.

All Chelsea students and their families are invited to the celebration, which is free of charge. There will be amusements, including bouncy houses, face painting, hula hoops, and slime making. Also on tap are a disc jockey and live musical performances.

Dr. Mary Bourque, superintendent of Chelsea public schools, will be attendance, as will administrators and teacher from all the local schools.

The event annually draws a tremendous crowd. Khelsea’s, Pollo Campero, and Kayem will be providing food for all the guests. 

Assisting Valles in the coordination of the event are Krishell Orellana, ELC parent liaison, Marlene Garcia, middle schools parent liaison, Daniel Mojica, parent information center director, and Jay Velez, Chelsea High School parent liaison.

Valles suggests that families consider walking or taking public transportation to the event as street parking is limited.

Mojica said that approximately 6,500 students will enroll in the Chelsea schools for the coming school year. He offered thanks to Dr. Bourque, who is retiring at the end of the year.

“Dr. Bourque has been fully supportive of the parent liaisons program,” said Mojica. “She has been 100 per cent supportive of not only the liaisons but the back-to-school celebration and so has the entire central office.” “I hope everyone can make it to our kickoff celebration,” concluded Valles, herself a proud product of the Chelsea schools.

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