The deadline to register for the Back to School Bonanza is coming up in one month.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Spokesperson Jessica Trussell:

Jessica Trussell

Press Release from the University of Missouri Extension

June 13, 2012: The Obesity Prevention Project will host the 4th Annual Back to School Bonanza on Tuesday, July 31st from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Gym of the Grand River YMCA. The event is designed to combat obesity by empowering parents and kids to learn to make healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and overall wellness. All Livingston County students in grades K-5 who register for the event will receive a backpack with free school supplies donated by local business and organizations after visiting all of the booths.

“We’re excited that this is the fourth year we have been able to offer this great opportunity for the kids in Livingston County,” said Jessica Trussell, University of Missouri Extension. “Each year we are able to pass out more supplies and help more families than the year before.” Due to the success of the program, families must register for the event online, or submit a paper application, in order to receive the free backpack and school supplies. Online applications can be found at or at Paper applications are available at the MU Extension Office , Livingston County Health Center and the Salvation Army. Applications are due on July 16th.

Many local organizations will have booths at the event, including the Livingston County Health Center; Salvation Army; Livingston County 4-H; MU Extension Nutrition Program; and Hedrick Medical Center. Also, the Chillicothe Fire Department, Chillicothe Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office will all be on hand with vehicles for kids to explore.

Donations of school supplies or monetary donations to purchase supplies are still being accepted. Anyone interested in donating may call Jessica Trussell at 646-0811 or mail their donation to the University of Missouri Extension Office at 2881 Grand Dr., Suite 2 in Chillicothe. Checks should be made payable to MU Extension.

Students in Livingston County who are entering Kindergarten through fifth grade and their parents are encouraged to attend this fun event, there is no fee for admission and everyone is welcome.