By Trishna Buch
It’s almost back-to-school time! Students, parents and teachers around the county are enjoying the last month of the holiday, while gearing up for the new school year. One of the most important aspects of back-to-school, is back-to-school shopping! Teachers are purchasing material to help liven up their classrooms and students are dividing their time into finding the perfect back-to-school outfits and choosing school supplies that they will be excited to show off to their friends!
However, there are many people in the county who may not be able to purchase new backpacks and other school supplies for a variety of reasons. The Baby Stewart Foundation, a non-profit organization, understands this. So, to help out, they are hosting a Back-To-School Bash on Saturday August 5. From noon to 4:00pm, all Galveston County residents are invited to go to Carver Park in Texas City to pick-up free backpacks and school supplies. This is a great opportunity for students to get back into the swing of school, by going to the event and meeting their fellow classmates. If you are new to the county, I strongly urge you to attend this event. I remember when I had first moved to Lake Jackson, Texas from Louisiana in fifth grade. As far as I am aware, there was no such event in my town so—when it came to the first day of school—I had to go in, without knowing anyone. This Back to School Bash is a huge benefit to new students because it helps them meet new people; making that first day of school much easier. Furthermore, this event saves the hassle of going to the store to purchase school supplies. With this event the supplies are already gathered for you and all you have to do is pick them up.
I was interested in learning more about this amazing organization that saw the importance of helping out Galveston County residents, so I took a look at their website—thebabystewart.org. I learned that the non-profit was founded close to August 2015 following the tragic loss of the founders’ son. Following their loss, Darnell and Ashley Stewart wanted to shed light on the importance of keeping children safe and in your sight at all times. The organization provides support to pregnant women as well as support to individuals who have lost a child. The organization offers services such as parenting classes and items for pregnant mothers. The Back To School Bash is just another way for The Baby Stewart Foundation to help and support members of Galveston County.
And even if you don’t want or need backpacks and school supplies, I still urge you to go out to the event because there will be food and entertainment! As we reach the end of the summer and the beginning of the school year, yes it’s helpful to meet fellow classmates and pick-up supplies; but this event is also a great way to have an enjoyable Saturday afternoon.
There are a few important points to remember about the event. Most importantly, the backpacks and school supplies are strictly for Galveston County residents. Secondly, all parents and guardians will be required to fill out forms before they can pick-up the supplies and backpacks. Thirdly, try and arrive earlier rather than later because the backpacks and school supplies are first come, first serve. But don’t worry about people taking more than one bag because people can only go through the line once. So parents, if you have more than one child attending school and needing supplies and a backpack this year, make sure you bring them to the event with you so they can pick-up their own bag and supplies.
Carver Park is located at 6415 Park Avenue in Texas City. If you need more information about the event, please call The Baby Stewart Foundation at 409-655-8124. You can also go to facebook.com/TheBabyStewart/ and learn about the organization and the event.?