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Warriors of the North celebrate the return of school

Operation Homefront volunteer Taylor Zanotti, left, hands a backpack full of school supplies to Addison Washington, 7, and her mother Staff Sgt. Angela Dotson, 319th Air Base Wing chaplain assistant, August 4, 2016, at Liberty Square on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The School Liaison Office hosted a back-to-school picnic and the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade provided 200 backpacks filled with school supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Operation Homefront volunteer Taylor Zanotti, left, hands a backpack full of school supplies to Addison Washington, 7, and her mother Staff Sgt. Angela Dotson, 319th Air Base Wing chaplain assistant, August 4, 2016, at Liberty Square on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The School Liaison Office hosted a back-to-school picnic and the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade provided 200 backpacks filled with school supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

The School Liaison Office hosted a back-to-school picnic and the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade at Liberty Square August 4, 2016, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The event provided an opportunity for new parents and children to meet other families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

The School Liaison Office hosted a back-to-school picnic and the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade at Liberty Square August 4, 2016, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The event provided an opportunity for new parents and children to meet other families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Camille Edwards, 12, left, tries on personal protective equipment with the assistance of Staff Sgt. James Hastings, 319th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, right, August 4, 2016, at Liberty Square on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Hastings was one of many volunteers who provided entertainment and education at the School Liaison Office Back to School Picnic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Camille Edwards, 12, left, tries on personal protective equipment with the assistance of Staff Sgt. James Hastings, 319th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, right, August 4, 2016, at Liberty Square on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Hastings was one of many volunteers who provided entertainment and education at the School Liaison Office Back to School Picnic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

The School Liaison Office hosted a base-wide Back-to-School Picnic here August 4, 2016.

Families were able to come together for food, entertainment and education as the school year approaches. The event provided information on base services and provided children an opportunity to enjoy games with their future classmates.

Kelly Painter, 319th Air Base Wing school liaison officer, described the benefit of hosting this event.

“It’s a good opportunity for new families to meet other parents and get acquainted with the base,” said Painter.

Each child received a backpack filled with school supplies courtesy of the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade.

“It’s very rewarding seeing the help we can provide to the military families to offset the cost of going back to school,” said Darcy Clardy a volunteer with Operation Homefront.

Students are scheduled to return to classes August 29, 2016.