Games and prizes equaled school supplies during the 7th annual Back-to-School Bash Friday, August 2, 2019, at the Sutton County pavilion.

Holding a collection of goods including pencils, glue, markers and a composition book, Sonora ISD fourth grader Luke Snyder said he is excited about the start of a new school year and he hopes he gets Mrs. Gann for a teacher.

“I’m ready for school,” Snyder said. “I like writing the most. I didn’t really do much this summer, so I’m ready for school and I hope my teacher is Mrs. Gann.”

Snyder was one of more than 400 people who came out to the annual event sponsored by The Sonora Bank and Trust.

Branch Manager of the Sonora Bank & Trust said this year’s event was exceptional with 450 people attending, hamburgers, music and games. Each child received a back pack filled with school supplies from the SISD school supply lists.

“This totally free community event is just one way we show our love and support for Sonora students,” Hernandez added. “We look forward to seeing the impact these supplies and our staff, as tutors and classroom volunteers, will make throughout the 2019-2020 school year.”

With education a priority, Branch manager JoAnn Hernandez said the purpose of the event is to provide school supplies that allow students to show up on the first day of school prepared and ready to learn. As well, the event provides an opportunity for students and their families to enjoy an evening of fun, food and socializing at no cost.

While enjoying hamburgers, catching up with friends, and participating in a variety of games, such as fishing, bowling and ring toss, students earned a variety of school supplies to help ensure a successful start to the school year.

Incoming freshman Sebastean Garza and seventh grader Jorge Leija joked with each other while waiting for a bite on their fishing line.

Garza said he is not excited about going back to school, but he is excited about playing football. Grinning and nodding his head, Leija agreed before heading off to find another game to play.

Sporting a red drawstring bag on his back, first grader Jose Gloria aimed for a peg in the ring toss game in hopes of collecting more school supplies. Standing beside his mother, Gloria said he is looking forward to school this year and learning a lot of new things. “I’m excited to play football too,” he added. “I’m going to be a Sonora Bronco.”

Also, collecting a prize for winning at ring toss, first grader, Jennifer Arredondo, asserted that she already knows her ABCs, but she is happy to be going back to school because it means she will get to see her friends again.

With the first day of school just days away, the annual Back-to-School Bash not only helped families offset the cost associated with a new school year, it also provided some last-minute summer fun and excitement before the first day of school Tuesday, August 20.

“At The Bank & Trust we support our Sonora Broncos,” Hernandez said. “You will see our team in the stands and in the classrooms volunteering. Part of our commitment to Sonora ISD is to make certain that our kids have everything they need to take full advantage of their education, and that is why we started the Back to School Bash.”