On Friday, August 24, Pratt High School will host its annual fall expo but this year, with a new addition: a back-to-school bash.

Pratt High School will host the fall sports expo Friday, August 24 to showcase the hard-work athletes have put in throughout the summer to the public. After the fall expo, Pratt High will host its very first ‘Back-to-School Bash’ to let students mingle and adjust to the new school year with music and games.

With the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s (KSHSAA) new heat policy in place, the expo will give each of the sports teams the opportunity to ‘scrimmage like they will play’ in front of a crowd.

The volleyball team will start off the expo at 5:30 p.m. by having a scrimmage in the high school gym while the Booster Club’s Fall Feed at Zerger field will begin around the same time.

The cross-country team will begin introductions and a race at Zerger Field at 6:40 p.m. while girls golf, girls tennis and cheerleader introductions will take place on the field at 6:50 p.m.

Shortly after introductions end, the plan is to have football team introductions and a scrimmage starting at 7 p.m.

After the football scrimmage ends, Pratt High’s first ever ‘Student Back-to- School Bash’ will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. in the high school.

Lori Myers, Pratt High counselor, said this is the first year for organizing a back-to-school bash but the goal is to help students meet each other and get more excited for the school year.

“There will be music for dancing, BBQ backyard games such as corn hole, ladder ball, knock out, Plinko, dunk tank and root beer garden,” Myers said. “The idea came from our current seniors last year as juniors--stating they would like to see a dance or back to school get-together to kick off the year.”

Out of the ideas generated by students, Myers set to work asking for help from teachers and forming a committee to put the plan into action.

“My hope and desire for the event is to get a lot of kids there and have fun,” Myers said. “Get excited about the school year and create a positive atmosphere.”