August 14, 2008
Written by Cory Chandler
Lubbock area students play a game at the 2007 Back to School Fiesta, an annual outreach event to help thousands of K-12 students prepare for fall classes. Photo by Artie Limmer.
Packed with entertainment and offering free giveaways including food and school supplies, the Back to School Fiesta has returned.
As many as 5,000 Lubbock-area participants are expected at this year’s fiesta, Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
The Fiesta was created to introduce children and their families to the educational and professional opportunities offered by higher education and a degree earned through Texas Tech.
The event features a college and community fair, free health screenings, seminars for parents and children and bus tours of the campus. The three-hour celebration is a collaboration between Raiders Rojos National Alumni and Texas Tech University.
Free school supplies are available to students in all grades who attend. Parking is available in the lots surrounding the Student Union Building.
The Back to School Fiesta Committee has named local educational assistance agency LEARN Inc. its 2008 Community Champion for Education.
The title honors individuals or entities for championing the cause for education in and around Lubbock.
LEARN is a non-profit agency providing free educational services to help disadvantaged students and adults attend college.
Services include enrollment assistance, academic advisement and career guidance, and the agency operates two federally funded outreach programs: Educational Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).