The highly anticipated 13th Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest presented by Shell and produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, was held Saturday, August 5th and was one of the most successful back to school fests to date. The event welcomed more than 18,000 students and their families to the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is the 2nd year the event has been back in person since the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As we continue to navigate the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, my administration is focused on creating equity, especially when it comes to our children. Many Houston families are facing financial challenges and cannot afford basic school supplies,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The Back 2 School Fest is about providing relief and ensuring that every child has the necessary tools they need for a successful start to the school year. We are also prioritizing their health by providing dental screenings, vision screening, immunizations, COVID-19 vaccines, hair cut vouchers and backpacks filled with school supplies. The only thing we want our youth focused on for the upcoming school year is learning.”
Over 5100 backpacks were distributed on-site. The remainder of the 25,000 backpacks were distributed to the community through local non-profits, City Council offices and the interfaith community. The back-to-school fest also featured a wide range of health and social services and informational exhibits, including dental screenings, vision screenings.
This comprehensive approach underscores the City’s commitment to addressing the multifaceted needs of economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families.
“We are especially thankful for our valued sponsors,” Turner said. “Because of their generous support thousands of kids and their families will now have the necessary tools for a successful start to the school year. We’re changing their future one child at a time.”
Olivera Jankovska, Director of Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement, said Turner has been a champion of education and community development, consistently striving to improve the lives of Houston's residents.
“It is why we have dubbed him the ‘Education Mayor’,” she said. “This is just one of the many initiatives he has championed that reaffirms his commitment to education and supporting a bright future for students and families in the city of Houston.”