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First United Methodist will host PTA Bash 

The Lawton PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Council will throw a Back to School Bash from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 hosted by First United Methodist Church, 2602 NW Ferris.

The bash will feature local businesses showcasing products and offerings for potential fundraisers along with local nonprofits and clubs that have programs for kids and parents to get involved with.

 The bash is a first for the PTA by having it on a Saturday and at a new location, and according to President Erica Mendez, the church is allowing the council to use the space free of charge.

Mendez hopes the event will reach out to the community and foster involvement with the PTA. She said anyone who wants to help enhance public education can join.

"We're to help better the lives of students and kids and foster better relationships between schools and parents and students," Mendez said. "PTA was very active in seat belts in cars for kids. Getting kids, in the industrial age, out of the factories and go to school. Also, the free and reduced lunch program, PTA was a very big part of that."

The bash will not only feature several local vendors, but also a live broadcast from Magic 95, multiple food trucks and the Imagination Playground from the Comanche County Health Department. Mendez said this year the PTA is working on partnering with several community groups.

The PTA wants to work collaboratively with more people to meet its goals: making sure parents are involved in their children's education, letting them know what choices they have, and encouraging volunteering with schools, Mendez said.

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