Back-to-School Rally gets students ready for first day

Thanks to the support of local sponsors, thousands of Garland ISD students are now ready for the first day of school. The district partnered with the NAACP Garland Unit to host the 15th annual Health Fair and Back-to-School Rally Aug. 19. More than 3,600 backpacks and school supply kits were distributed, in addition to more than 300 sets of standardized dress clothing. Attendees also received free health screenings and low-cost immunizations, as well as GISD information. The district’s Transportation, Family & Community Engagement and Student Nutrition Services departments were on-site to answer questions and unveil new options. Parents could also create accounts for the district's Skyward student attendance and grade management system. Community resource booths included Garland and Rowlett Police departments, as well as several health and wellness companies.

This year's sponsors included the City of Garland, Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, Faith Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Garland Area-wide Brotherhood, NANBPWC, Inc., Impact Garland, Northeast Dallas Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Unity in Community Ministries, Noon Exchange Club of Garland, Garland Association for Hispanic Affairs, Chick-fil-A Garland, Chick-fil-A Rowlett, Frost Bank, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, and Walmart.

See a video of event highlights on GRS-TV's YouTube page.