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Back to School Bash abounds with fun

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Hundreds of parents and children enjoyed the annual Back to School Bash held Tuesday, August 5, at Mansfield Park. A cooperative effort jointly sponsored by Bandera ISD, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bandera and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service encouraged everyone to get ready for the fall semester with lots of fun and plenty of helpful information.
Bandera High School cheerleaders, band and flag corps started the festivities with a rousing pep rally featuring Bulldog athletes and coaches. And, yes, the PTOs "had their popcorn ready!"
"We're excited about this cooperative effort," said BISD Superintendent Regina Howell. "This isn't just a BISD event. We have private schools, day care centers, homeschoolers and more represented here."
Over 30 vendors had booths set up around the perimeter of the show barn sharing information, prizes and school supplies with attendees.
BISD staffers got parents and children up to speed on school services such as food, health and bus services.
Day care learning centers, home schoolers and private schools stood ready to enroll students for the new year.
Service organizations like Optimists, and Kiwanis, who do so much for Bandera County kids, were present to add new members and tell people about their group's goals and projects.
Law enforcement introduced a friendly face along with helpful safety information, and mascots delighted the little ones, even teaching them to dial 9-1-1.
Many groups also provided information about extra-curricular activities. Bandera County's outstanding 4H program had 13 different project groups represented, including the state champion shooting and judging teams.
School PTOs and booster clubs encouraged parents to become members and get ready to support their kid's schools.
Bandera County Helping Hand painted faces and talked about the value for parents to participate in the next round of Precious Minds classes. These free parenting classes are especially valuable for new parents or soon-to-be parents. The new series will be held in the fall. Contact Helping Hand for more information.
Despite the heat, the level of noise in the ag barn and the smiling faces indicated that the 2014 Back to School Bash was a big success.
Don't miss it next year!