Whether a senior or preschool student, food, fun, entertainment and school supplies are available this Saturday, at the annual Mothers 4 Education Back to School Bash.

Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. in the City Park. The Back to School is open to school age students in Carlisle and surrounding communities.

Mothers 4 Education president Millie Dowd she said there will be activities for all ages available.

We have all kinds of fun activities, she said.

Some of the activities are arts and crafts, clothing booth, fire safety booth, nail painting, bounce house, music and live entertainment, according to Dowd.

Children must be present to receive their free supplies. Upon arrival, students will sign in and receive tickets, which can be used for both school supplies and food. After signing in, they can then make their way visiting the additional activity booths, enjoying the festivities of the event.

Despite the rising cost of school supplies, Down said they met their quota this year. She said they have planned for 300 children this year, hoping to exceed last years turn out of 250 kids.

According to Dowd, the school supplies were purchased from items listed on local school supply lists.

They will get everything they need, Dowd said.

The Back to School Bash was a vision of Dowds that became reality in 2009. She had of vision of giving free school supplies to children in Carlisle and surrounding communities to help with the burden parents face each year at the start of the school year.

Mothers 4 Education was established in 2009. It is a non-profit organization, consisting of 15 parents and dedicated volunteers. Their mission is to lessen the financial burdens some families within the local communities are faced with at the beginning of every school year. It is their goal to see each child become studious in the classroom, and encourage them to strive to attain a higher education after completion of high school.

Over the past year, the group has worked the concession stand at the Carlisle peewee football games and the baseball games to raise funds for the Back to School Bash. Local businesses and patron of Carlisle made numerous donations to help support the event. According to Dowd, they also received a grant through Central Arkansas Development Commission.

Anyone wanting to become a member of Mother 4 Education group should contact Dowd at 870-552-3293.