Back to School event aimed to help students feel comfortable and confident before the school year

Students visited several different stations promoting inner beauty and community resources

The BeYOUtiful Back to School event Saturday at the Kitsap Mall was an effort put on to help kids be confident and comfortable as they get ready for the upcoming school year.

The free event enabled students the chance to visit several different stations promoting inner beauty and community resources. The first 200 students received a bag filled with swag, product samples, retailer promotions, event information and an activity passport.

The stations included a beauty bar with samples and demonstrations, a “Kindness Rocks” painting station, a “Compassion in Action” activity with Stand Up 4 Kids and a Living Back to School Runway. Attendees also had the chance to create their own photo flipbook.

Fashion, beauty, lifestyle and travel blogger Kusum Basavaraju was on hand to help students with the experience.

“We want everyone who is going back to school to feel confident,” Basavaraju said. “I know this time of the year can be stressful, so this is a good way for us to ease them in. It’s just a fun way to get them started before the school year.”