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Nearly 4,000 gather at annual event
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During the Back to School Bash, various community leaders — including the Ruston High School cheerleaders — took some time to read to local children to promote the literacy efforts of the school district. For more photos from the event see page 8A.

Nearly 4,000 students, teachers, parents and community volunteers packed into the National Guard Armory on Thursday evening to kick off the school year at the Fifth Annual Communitywide Back-to-School Bash.

Despite the sweltering heat that filled the building, more than 3,800 people were abuzz with activity as they visited booths offering information about schools, food and various community organizations and events. Throughout the event there were also various games, contests and giveaways.

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