IM-Kingsford credit union gives away backpacks at carnival

IRON MOUNTAIN-KINGSFORD Community Federal Credit Union employees who helped run the event included, from left, Leslie Larson, Sonya Nelson, Thea Fradette, Lori Cox, Lisa Strutz, Robin Strauss and Mitch Wiltzius.

KINGSFORD — The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union again hosted the 12th annual Back to School Kids’ Carnival on Aug. 8 at the credit union.

Children ages 13 and younger were invited to play games to win school supplies. As they registered, they received a bookmark and a backpack.

They also were entered in a raffle to win one of two backpacks filled with school supplies and toys.

As in the past events, the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Lions Club participated by providing free eye screenings for children.

“We’re really happy to be here for the kids,” Lions Club member Rich Larson said. “This is one of our most successful events because we are able to provide people with referrals to eye doctors in the area. It’s a great way to give back to the community each year.”

EVA MARTINSON was a IMKCFCU grand prize winner of a backpack filled with school supplies and toys at the annual Back to School Carnival.

“The carnival was a huge success,” said Lori Cox, who has organized the Back to School Carnival for the past 12 years. “We restructured certain aspects of it this year, and it was much more efficient.”

Among 237 entries, the grand prizes went to 5-year-old Eva Martinson and to Brandon Brown, 11, who won one of last year’s grand prizes as well.

Brandon Brown was an IMKCFCU grand prize winners of a backpack filled with school supplies and toys at the annual Back to School Carnival.

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