About 25000 students in Houston ISD got ready for the new school year Saturday at the 2nd annual Back to School Fest. The Back to School Fest was a joint effort between the City of Houston and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to make sure all students enrolled in HISD schools are ready for the start of the new school year.
“This is about a deep need,” Mayor Annise Parker said. “School supplies add up and just being able to take off and get immunizations is a problem for a lot of families, so this is just one place where all of that can be taken care of at one time.”
Throughout Texas, more than one in four residents (27.6 percent) are uninsured — the highest percentage in the nation by far. In Texas, that’s approximately 1.4 million.
Because of Amerigroup’s commitment to families to provide better quality health care for a lower cost, they have partnered with HISD and the City of Houston and will provide membership enrollment at the Back-to-School Fest.
“This sponsorship will help to ensure that thousands of Houston ISD students get a great start for the new school year,” said Martha Kennerson with Amerigroup. “It’s a great event for low-income families to attend and receive much needed school supplies for the upcoming school year”
This is a great opportunity for families to talk directly to HISD and City of Houston staff to receive important information needed to be strong partners in their children’s education and well being.
The Houston Food Bank gave out fresh produce, and Houston barber colleges and hairstyling schools even gave vouchers for free haircuts.
Children left the event confident, and ready to learn.