Free educational resources, school supplies, food and entertainment will be provided.
In preparation for the upcoming school year, Texas Tech University's Office of Community Engagement is hosting its 16th annual Back to School Fiesta (BTSF) at the Student Union Building (15th Street and Akron Avenue) from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 8. K-12 students and their families will receive free educational resources, school supplies, food and live entertainment.
“Back to School Fiesta is one of the highlights of our year because it is the perfect opportunity for students and families to visit campus, gain valuable resources and information and learn more about our amazing university,” said Heather Martinez, senior director for the Office of Community Engagement.
Hosted by Texas Tech's Office of Community Engagement along with the Office of the President and Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, the event's mission is to promote higher education and build a college-going community in Lubbock and surrounding areas.
Since its beginning, BTSF has grown to serve more than 4,000 students and families from the South Plains area.
“Our goal is to help families talk about the value and benefit of higher education in a fun, safe and exciting way,” Martinez said. “We have several new partners this year as well as many partners who have been with us for years. We look forward to what they have to offer and having a wonderful day.”
Each K-12 student who attends BTSF will receive a Texas Tech backpack filled with school supplies offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The event also includes a community and college fair, college admissions and financial aid information and bilingual events and activities. Both lunch and backpacks will be distributed at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about BTSF or the Office of Community Engagement, please visit its website.