HISD’s Back-to-School Extravaganza helps families prepare for new school year

A line of bustling people wove its way through the parking lot of Delmar Fieldhouse on Friday as they anxiously waited for the start of the district’s second annual Back-to-School Extravaganza. 

As the doors opened, district parents and students were greeted by hundreds of smiling volunteers, a welcome chant from Waltrip High School’s cheerleading squad, and a special message from Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan. 

“We are so excited to kick off the 2019-2020 school year,” Lathan said. “To everyone here, thank you for supporting HISD – one of the top school districts in the state of Texas!” 

During the event, which was hosted by the HISD Homeless Education Office, students signed up for free immunizations and received new backpacks, shoes, and school supplies. The Houston Food Bank was also on hand to distribute fresh produce to those in need.  

While kids danced to music provided by KBXX 97.9 The BOX, parents received free assistance for Medicaid applications, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) renewal and recertifications, as well as up to date information for the first day of school.  

For more information on services provided by the Homeless Education Office, click here. For more information about the 2019-2020 school year, visit https://www.houstonisd.org/backtoschool