August 7, 2017
For more than 15 years, Texas Tech University has hosted Back to School Fiesta. The annual event provides students, kindergarten through 12th grade, educational resources and school supplies free of charge. In 2016, more than 3,000 people attended.
Lett Hernandez, a student at Texas Tech, has volunteered at Back to School Fiesta the past two years. But she's also been on the receiving end of the event and said it was her experience at the fiesta as a child that influenced her decision to become a Red Raider.
"I just couldn't believe that we could show up to such a fun event and people were giving us crayons and scissors and paper," Hernandez said. "I remember it being a burden off my mom's back because they're not very expensive items but whenever you're living paycheck to paycheck, sometimes those school supplies have to wait.
"I wanted to go back again and again because I felt welcomed, supported and encouraged," she added.
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