YISD Back to School Rally to giveaway 2,500 backpacks
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — For the fifth year in a row, the Ysleta Independent School District is lending a much-needed helping hand to El Paso-area families.
Officials will distribute thousands of free backpacks filled with school supplies at its annual Back To School Rally, which takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the district’s Central Office, 9600 Sims Drive.
Backpacks will be given out to the first 2,500 school-age children (grades 1-12) wearing their school shirts or school ID cards.
For the first time in the rally’s history, the backpack giveaway will not be limited to YISD students only.
Any student in El Paso County who is wearing a school shirt or has a school ID card is eligible to receive a free backpack, regardless of which district they attend.
This is the largest backpack giveaway in the history of the rally, which began in 2010 with a distribution of only 500 backpacks.
Every year since, the number of backpacks has increased by 500, thanks to generous donations by our Partners In Education, which include Wells Fargo, Healthscope Benefits, and Planet Fitness.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event, each eligible student who comes in through the front entrance of Central Office – located on the west side of the building – will receive a free backpack on a first-come, first-served basis.
In previous years, families have begun lining up for the giveaway as early as 5 a.m.
The rally will also feature entertainment by high school drum lines, cheerleaders, and mascots, as well as food vendors and representatives from local agencies that support students and parents during the school year.
Free or low-cost immunizations will also be offered, as well as carnival-style games that children can play to win extra school supplies.
Ysleta ISD, a two-time national Broad Prize finalist, serves 42,500 students in pre-K through 12th grade in 63 campuses, including two K-8 international schools and one early college high school.