FunFest Gives Over 300 Free Backpacks to B-CS kiddos


College Station, TX–Summer Break is almost over and most children in the Brazos Valley will start school in a few weeks. To help parents, several local agencies found a way to assist families and students as they prepare for the new school year.

Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service [ Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition], Big Brothers Big Sisters, TxDot and Central Baptist Church joined forces to present Back to School Family FunFest on August 8th at the Family Life Center of Central Baptist in College Station.

The event helped nearly 300 kids to prepare for the new school year by providing items such as backpacks, identification cards and health screenings.

Cindy Kovar, Project Coordinator II for BVIPC, said, “The purpose of the event is to provide parents and guardians with information about safety and health issues as well as information about resources that are available in the community for families and children.

The event started in 2014 and has grown in the areas of participants and donations according to Kovar. “The community partnerships and the passion of the staff of SFBV & BVIPC to reach out into the community has been instrumental in growing the event. The event now hosted for four years has helped staff learn how to prepare for and facilitate the event.”

In addition,  over 100 local agencies were on hand to provide nearly 200 parents with information and community services and resources.