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Register by July 12 for mayor’s Back to School Fest

Registration is now open for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Back to School Fest, an annual event that helps elementary students across the city access the free resources they need for a successful school year, such as school supplies, backpacks, and medical services.

All participants must register for an appointment by Friday, July 12 in order to attend. To register, visit this link. Families may also register by calling 311 or 713-837-0311 to request an appointment.

The event, held in partnership with Shell and the University of Houston, is a great opportunity for Houston families to take advantage of an array of resources provided by the City of Houston and other sponsors.

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Sign up for mayor’s Back to School Fest

Registration opens on Monday for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Back to School Fest, an annual event that helps elementary students across the city access the resources they need for a successful school year.

Pre-registered children who are in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and reside in the City of Houston are eligible to participate. Attendees will receive backpacks filled with school supplies and also will have access to eye exams, vaccinations, lessons in dental health and hygiene, and more.

The event is free, thanks to the generosity of Shell and other sponsors working with the mayor’s office.

To register for an appointment, visit this link. Registration closes on Friday, July 21. Families may also register by calling 311 or 713-837-0311 to request an appointment.

For more information, check out a list of FAQs about the event.

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s 2016 Back to School Fest to take place in mid-August

Mayor’s Sylvester Turner’s Back to School Fest is a great opportunity for Houston families to take advantage of an array of resources provided by the City of Houston and other sponsors.

As in years past, only registered kindergarten through fifth-grade students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies. In addition, students can take advantage of free eye and ear examinations, vaccinations, and lessons in dental hygiene and health.

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23,000 Backpacks, 2,500 Uniforms: Back to School Fest, By the Numbers

HISD partnered with the City of Houston to host the Back to School Fest on August 11that Reliant Center. Here’s a look at the event and its impact:

  • More than 40,000 students and their families attended the event
  • 40 sponsors and 33 in-kind sponsors
  • An estimated 500 immunizations were administered to children
  • More than 500 individuals volunteered for this event
  • The event showcased 100 exhibitors
  • More than 23,000 backpacks with school supplies were distributed
  • 2,500 uniforms and 725 uniform vouchers were distributed
  • 52,049 pounds of food were distributed by the Houston Food Bank
  • 12 organizations/companies hosted school supply drives to support the Back To School Fest
  • 8,000 socks and underwear for children were distributed

Program Kicks Off on Main Stage

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier and Houston Mayor Annise Parker have kicked off the Back to School Fest’s official program, thanking primary sponsors Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises.

Dr. Grier thanked the army of 400 volunteers here this year.

“We’re so excited to be back this year,” Grier said. “I enjoy spending time getting to know (HISD) families. Welcome and have a good school year!”

Mayor Parker also thanked the volunteers and sponsors, highlighting the many services and supplies available to families today.

“Everything you need to start the school right you can find right here — whether it’s school supplies, vaccinations or access to city services. We even have lunch!”

Live Updates from the Back to School Fest!

Good morning! Welcome to the second annual Back to School Fest at Reliant Center! The doors have opened at Reliant Center, and families are filing into the building. It’s an opportunity to get free school supplies, immunizations, and school uniforms.

Sol Ayala and her three children, who attend Bonner Elementary, were the very first people in line, getting here at 4:30 a.m. Ayala said she couldn’t believe they were first in line.

“We were just lucky because the kids run very fast!” Ayala said, adding that she was very grateful for the event. “I think it’s a great thing — especially for parents who can’t get what they need for their children.”

The Back to School Fest continues today from 8 a.m. until noon.