School has started; Fort Knox children are busy working on their studies in the classroom or ball moves on the playground.

It's at this time that the Fort Knox News is taking a moment to look back at some of the excitement of summer, and one event in particular this year that helped shaped the season for several children -- Vacation Bible School.

Just over 200 children registered for the weeklong event that ran from July 22 to 26; a larger registration than in previous years. The average attendance hovered at 145, however; similar to last year.

The theme -- "ROAR! Life is Wild, God is Good," focused on the Old Testament passage of Israel's "Exodus" from Egyptian rule and subsequent trip to the Promised Land, led by Moses.

"Roar!" is intentionally-designed to give children a solid foundation of God's goodness--something they can stand on, cling to, hold and remember when the wild side of life doesn't feel so fun or adventurous. Several volunteers guided children through six stations, or learning centers each day, including recreation, crafts, music, missions, Bible adventures and snacks.

One highlight of this year's VBS was the introduction of Pharaoh and Moses. Ron Masoni, a retired Army veteran, performed both characters.

The Religious Support Office held a contest between the boys and girls to see which group would bring the most non-perishable food items in support of Food Across America. More than 500 items were collected donated by the end of the week.