Aralynn Pena, Sonora preschooler, couldn’t wait to sort out the school supplies she collected while participating in a variety of games and activities Friday, July 27, 2018, during the annual Back-to-School Bash hosted by The Bank & Trust in Sonora.

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Aralynn Pena, Sonora preschooler, couldn’t wait to sort out the school supplies she collected while participating in a variety of games and activities Friday, July 27, 2018, during the annual Back-to-School Bash hosted by The Bank & Trust in Sonora. KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS

Fun and games equaled school supplies during the sixth annual Back-to-School Bash Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Sutton County Pavilion.

JoAnn Hernandez, Branch Manager of The Sonora Bank & Trust, said each year the event grows in participation and this year’s crowd was exceptional.

“Educating children in the Sonora community is a priority to The Bank & Trust and one way to support that effort is by providing school supplies that allow students to show up on the first day of school prepared and ready to learn,” Hernandez said.

Aralynn Pena, a preschooler at Sonora ISD this year, excitedly sorted her collection of school goods, holding them up one by one to show everyone around her.

Then, she opened a pack of colored pencils, pulled out the blue pencil and got busy writing one the first page of a new composition book.

“I have to do my homework,” Pena said. “I’m excited about going to school.”

Pena was one of dozens of school age children participating in the event that also provided free hamburgers, music and plenty of encouragement from volunteers including high school cheerleaders and athletes.

The bash signaled the start of another academic year for Sonora students.

Making their way from one game to the next, students filled a Bronco red drawstring bag with everything from paper and note cards to pencils and markers.

Dylan Ford, a sixth grader, took a short break from the games to contemplate what to do next. He and his friends had already tried their skills at the ring toss, football throw, bowling, fishing and flattening a tower of cans with foam filled balls to name a few. His peers Sebastian Garza, George Leila and Cainaan Abalos were having fun attempting to sink the next person sitting in the dunking booth.

Clutching a bag already full of supplies, Ford said, “I still have two more games to play to get more school supplies. I come here every year. They have the best school supplies.”

Admitting he hasn’t bought any school supplies yet, Ford said after Friday’s event he thinks he will not have much to buy.

With the first day of school only three weeks away, the event helped families offset the cost associated with the start of a new school year.

In addition, the fun of playing games and winning prizes added to everyone’s excitement of starting school Tuesday, August 21.