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Apollo-Ridge to host tailgate-turned-social services fair

Emily Balser
| Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Apollo-Ridge School District will hold a tailgate Friday that will also double as an opportunity for families to get information about local non-profits, organizations and businesses in the area.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Owens Grove Park located at Park Avenue and North Second Street in Apollo. Free parking will be available in the Owens Grove Stadium lot next to the park.

The free event at Owens Grove Park will include inflatables, kids’ games and activities, food and informational tables on everything from extracurricular activities to church youth groups to mental health and drug and alcohol assistance. Elementary students will have free admission to the football game after the tailgate.

The event is being held by the Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation in conjunction with The Open Door, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Indiana Borough.

Apollo-Ridge Elementary School Principal Courtney Anderson said they wanted to create an event with everything parents might need in once place and create an excitement in the community before the high school football game.

“The whole idea of it was we want to let our families know this is everything that’s here in the community to support you and your family,” Anderson said.

This is the first time the district has held an event like this before. Officials thought having everyone together in person could be more effective than sending home a flier in the kids’ pack packs or through the mail.

“This should be able to have a really big impact,” Anderson said.

Anderson said, if this year goes well, they hope to plan another one next year as a way to kick-off the school year on a positive note.

“I’m hoping it just has a domino effect: not only great for our families, but for all of these people having a positive impact in the community.”

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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