Texas Tech Hosts 14th Annual Back to School Fiesta

Local families learn about higher education opportunities while preparing for the new school year.

More than 3,000 Lubbock-area youth and their families are more prepared for the 2013-2014 school year, after attending the 13th Annual Back to School Fiesta on Saturday at Texas Tech University.

The event was held at the Student Union Building on the Texas Tech campus. Hosted by the Office of Community Engagement, the event provided free school supplies, college resources, free food and entertainment for members of the Lubbock community. Families were also provided with educational information on topics ranging from college admissions and financial aid, financial planning, childcare resources, and health, wellness and nutrition.

More than 45 organizations and entities participated as partners and hosted tables and booths. Interactive activities for children included a rock climbing wall by the YWCA, a demonstration on 3-D printers by RoboRaiders, chess lessons by the Texas Tech University Chess Program, and a balloon animal giveaway with Mr. Gatti’s Pizza. Entertainment was provided by DJ Matador, the Hogg Maulies, DeVenue Dance, and Hub City Performing Arts.

“Every year this event continues to evolve and we are thrilled with the turnout and with the opportunity to introduce Texas Tech University to so many students and families,” said Heather Martinez, associate director of the Office of Community Engagement and chair of the event.