VIRGINIA BEACH — Councilman Aaron Rouse is jumpstarting back-to-school season with his second annual “Back 2 School” carnival Aug. 3.
Most kids here will be back in school on Sep. 3. and with the support of local businesses and organizations, the councilman said Rouse’s House is ready to equip about 400 students and teachers who attend the carnival with free school supplies to get their year started on the right foot.
Rouse said getting kids prepared to tackle their education is part of the organization’s priorities to “make sure youth and young adults in the community have all of the tools they need to be successful because they are our future.”
“The carnival gives us a chance to do just that, we are literally giving away the tools to success and to be able to provide for educators as well this year is just an added bonus,” he said.
According to his bio on the city’s website, Rouse played professional football in the NFL after he was drafted to the GreenBay Packers in 2007.
He also played on the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals before retiring and returning to his hometown where he established his nonprofit organization and has been serving as a member of City Council since 2018.
“As a retired professional athlete I would often get questions from parents about how their child can follow in my footsteps athletically but the key has always been education,” he said.
Rouse was born and raised here where he attended First Colonial High School and thereafter graduated with his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
“Not only is it important for me to give back to a community that poured so much into me but, education is the No. 1 priority — knowledge is power,” he said.
The Rouse’s House “Back 2 School” carnival is a free and open community event where attendees can enjoy carnival games, prizes, and free goodies like t-shirts, water bottles, and school supplies.
Rouse said he hopes there are no school supplies left when the carnival ends this year and would love to do it all again next year.
“The more the merrier,” he said.
For more information about Rouse’s House and their upcoming “Back 2 School” carnival, click here.