Peoria public schools start August 16th. Which makes now the perfect time for back to school events. The New Beginnings Worship Center partnered with the district for the 8th annual Back to School Festival.
A petting zoo, bounce house and the Peoria Public's mobile library were there for the kids to enjoy.
Pastor Quinton brown of New Beginnings Worship Center said, "It's the kick off of going back to school for this season, and it brings out families and it gives us a great opportunity to bring education to the forefront."
New Beginnings Worship Center's back to school event where they are giving away free back packs to the students in the community. The back packs are full of school supplies and meant to give the students a great start to the school year.
Back packs and school supplies weren't the only thing that attracted more than 1500 community members to the event.
OSF provided sports and annual physicals for students in their mobile Care-A-Van.
Michelle Sanders, community outreach manager of Heartland Health Services, said, "We had a person who needed help and she went in and got her blood pressure checked and she so happened to tell me she wasn't feeling well. So it worked out very well that the Care-A-Van was here and that she found out they are in the community."
Gift cards were handed out and some won raffled prizes, all while soaking in the last few days of summer.
"The kids are enjoying their selves. I'm enjoying myself. I got information about the health van and I'm just having a good time walking around", said Evelena Davis of Peoria