Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 26, 2013

Preparations being made for Back to School Bash August 10

Jeff Riggs
The Athens Review

Athens — Do you want all children, regardless of their age, to have the supplies they need to go to school? 

If you do, you will likely want to donate to help children whose families do not have the money to simply buy school supplies in time for the next school year in Athens.

Parent Liaison for Athens Independent School District Yadira Chairez said the children truly need the supplies.

“We want to make sure to supply to those parents who are having the hardships,” Chairez said. “It’s a real downer for children when they don’t have what they need.  And, it’s important to make sure the kids and parents are not worried about having all their school supplies the first day of school.”

Chairez is currently organizing the Athens ISD Back to School Bash, an event that will give out 600 backpacks with school supplies to students who are in need.

Vouchers were handled out on Friday.  Chairez said that if not all vouchers for the 600 backpacks are handed out, they will be available at the Henderson County Help Center after that date.  To find out if this is the case, call the Help Center at 903-675-4357, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Back to School Family Day, also known as Back to School Bash on Aug. 10 is sponsored by donation monies from businesses and individuals in the community. This is the day that all Athens ISD students can pick up their backpacks and school supplies.

Chairez, who is in her fourth year organizing the activity, said the district has been conducting the event for the past six years. She said the budget this year calls for $5,000 to be put the event together.  The Salvation Army has also donated all the 600 backpacks.  She said no money for the event is available from AISD.

“We make the event a thing to look forward to for the child,” she said. “It’s kind of like a party.  And we provide the resources for the parent.”

Besides school supplies at the Bash, there will be food and bounce houses for the kids who attend.  There will also be  booths set up so parents can receive enrollment packets and meet some of the staff members where their children will attend school, as well as information for health, insurance, Medicaid, wellness and other resources available in the community.

But, the equipment to accomplish such a gallant act of kindness doesn’t come cheap.  Chairez needs donations to pay for the event and its supplies.  For more information, contact Chairez at 903-677-6913 or 902-292-7342 or ychairez@athensisd.net