FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, THE KIWANIS CLUB OF ARLINGTON TAKES PART IN
ARLINGTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR AT AT&T STADIUM
by Al Becker
For the third year in a row, the Kiwanis Club of Arlington showed its support for the Arlington Independent School District by taking part in AISD’s Back to School Kickoff at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, on Saturday, Aug. 12.
The Kickoff, now in its third year, is a community effort to help more than 10,000 Arlington ISD students and their families prepare for the coming school year. The Kiwanis Club of Arlington was one of several Arlington organizations invited to talk with students and parents and provide information about programs and activities that help students grow and achieve.
Kiwanis volunteers staffed a table at the west entrance of AT&T Stadium and provided materials about high school Key Clubs and many other Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs. The team included President-Elect Bob Landon, Diane Rasmussen, and Al and Doris Becker.
“It was an honor to take part in the AISD Back to School Kickoff yet again,” said Kiwanis President Kelly Wouters. “Over the years, we have forged a close working relationship with AISD through our service clubs and our annual Teacher of the Year recognitions for the District’s top elementary school, junior high school and high school teachers. Our support for the Back to School Kickoff deepens this commitment.”
At the AISD Kickoff, pre-registered students received a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate to their grade level. Students had the opportunity to register for immunizations, vision checks, dental screenings and haircuts. Students and parents also visited the more than 100 resource booths that were on site, including the Kiwanis booth.
The event was hosted by the Arlington ISD and co-hosted by the Arlington NAACP, Junior League of Arlington, Churches of Arlington, The Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town, and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation donated a $50,000 grant, as well as the use of AT&T Stadium as the event’s venue.