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Hollywood Council Office hosts ‘Back to School Bash’

Neil Baxley, right, directed his kids from booth to booth. (Photo Damon Scott)

HOLLYWOOD – The Hollywood Reservation community marked the start of students soon returning to classrooms from summer break with a “Back to School Bash” at the Seminole Estates Aug. 9.

The Hollywood Council Office sponsored the event.

Students and parents visited about a dozen booths staffed by various tribal departments, including the Boys & Girls Club, Housing, Education, Human Resources, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Health Education, the Hollywood Board Office, the Chairman’s Office and more.

The goal was to give out backpacks, school supplies and other goodies, as well as provide information for interested students and parents. Families also enjoyed a catered lunch and a DJ who was spinning tunes while the kids cooled off in the pool and at the waterpark.

One student, 15-year-old Maddox Motlow, assisted the staff at the Boys & Girls Club booth as part of a Hollywood Education Department community service project. Motlow attends the NSU University School in Davie.

Hollywood Council community affairs specialist Francine Osceola, left, gives backpacks to Ciara Billie, right, and her kids. (Photo Damon Scott)
Kenny Tommie and his stepdaughter Ariana visit the booths at the event. (Photo Damon Scott)
Malari Baker, left, and Indra Fredericks, from the Chairman’s Office, gave each attendee a bag with a pair of Seminole branded flip-flops. (Photo Damon Scott)
Maddox Motlow, in foreground, helped at the Boys & Girls Club booth as part of the Education Department’s Hollywood community service project. (Photo Damon Scott)