Duluth Public Schools hosts new event at Bayfront to kick off school year.

Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 9:58 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- Monday, Duluth Public Schools hosted its first-ever “Unity in our Community” event to kick off the school year.

The event, hosted at Bayfront Park was meant to bring students in the community together ahead of the start of school.

Students from all Duluth Public Schools were welcome to attend.

“We have not been able to celebrate in the last few years. So you know, we are looking for ways to reunite our community,” School Board Chair Jill Lofald said.

She said after several years of distance learning, a massive in-person event would give students the chance to interact with other kids.

“We’ve got a gem of a school district that we want to say is ready to start the school year in a really exciting and energetic way,” Lofald said.

The event saw a huge turnout on Monday night.

“The fact that we are bringing together as much of our community as can come down and enjoy sun and beautiful space is just up the best way to start a school year,” she said.

There was plenty to do at the inaugural “Unity in our Community” event, including bounce houses, a dunk tank, food vendors, and live music.

Parents say the event helped their kids connect with others.

“My daughters met a lot of kids today who will go to the same school or same class,” parent Manik Barman said.

The event was such a success in the eyes of some, they say they’d like to see it return in the future.

“I think this should be an annual event without question. This should be a city event that all school districts or systems are able to utilize,” said Bob Boone, another parent.

The event was free for all who attended.

Lofald believes the event provided an opportunity to show off and celebrate the bright future of the city.

“If there are families looking for the best place to live, the best place to raise their children. I think an event like this is just such a win-win for both Duluth and our school district,” Lofald said.