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    Back to School Bash kicks off at the O’ Club



    Story by Lance Cpl. Kevin Ferguson 

    Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

    BEAUFORT, S.C. - Marines, sailors and their families were invited to the Back to School Bash held at the Officers’ Club aboard the Air Station, Aug. 19.

    The bash included a cookout, bounce houses, school supply giveaways and live music for a small fee. The event started at 4 p.m. and lasted until the Officers’ Club closed, accommodating families’ busy schedules.

    “The first week back to school is usually pretty rough, this event helps Marines build camaraderie while the students get to meet new friends,” said Chris Alexandre, the Officers’ Club manager, of the event created for returning students.

    Students were able to bring their friends and meet new ones while participating in the different activities.

    “I brought my family out here to support the activity,” said Jennifer Scherr, the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 533 family readiness officer. “My children came to meet more students since they go to school off base.”

    As each family entered the Officers’ Club, the students received a goody bag with school supplies and fun items. The children were able to spend time getting to know each other and enjoy themselves.

    “The goody bag was my favorite part,” said Mariaelena Lozano, a 10-year-old daughter of a Fightertown Marine. “I like getting free things, especially the bubbles. I was able to spend time with my friends, eat and listen to the musician. He plays good music and even played my favorite song.”

    Chris Jones, a local musician, played guitar, a trumpet and sang music for the audience.

    “Chris Jones is a musician that we use often for our events,” Alexandre said. “He is very creative and audience engaging.”

    This was the Officers’ Club’s first year hosting the Bash and although there weren’t many participants, the ones who did come were able to enjoy themselves and enjoy an affordable meal with their family. The Club plans to continue this program in years to follow.

    “If more people come to these types of events then the Officers’ Club would host more,” Scherr said.

    These types of events give military families the chance to bond and feel like a community.

    For more information on upcoming events at the Officers’ Club call 228-7600 .



    Date Taken: 08.25.2011
    Date Posted: 08.25.2011 14:12
    Story ID: 75923
    Location: BEAUFORT, SC, US 

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