Robstown Independent School District staff members gathered inside the High School Auditorium on Friday for the Fifth Annual Back to School Rally where they gave out red drawstring backpacks filled with supplies. 

Vanessa Ochoa took her daughters Leah and Jessa Espinoza, who attend Robert Driscoll Elementary, to the rally for the first time.

“This is great. Especially for those that have a lot of kids,” Ochoa said. “I know this will help me because they need a lot of supplies for school.”

Ochoa said she was impressed by the event and plans to attend every year.

The Back to School Rally provided 500 backpacks to the students, which contained a ruler, spiral notebooks, folders and pencils.

Superintendent Dr. Maria Vidaurri participated in the event and said the district’s goal is to make sure students are prepared for the first day of school.

“Being ready for school isn’t just having clothes. It’s having the school supplies they need,” Vidaurri said. “Here at Robstown, we want to make sure our students are equipped with the tools they need to have a successful school year."

Another goal of the district is to extend the supplies giveaway to the campuses, Vidaurri said. 

“We eventually want to have supplies available at the school for anyone that missed out on an event like today,” Vidaurri said. “If they come in without supplies, we want them to be able to have those so they can focus on their classes.”

Although the event is to help out students, Vidaurri said the rally is also a celebration that kicks off the school year.

“This gives the teachers a chance to talk to their students and show that we can’t wait to see the students on their first day,” she said.

Public Relations Coordinator Kelsey Cook said the event has been able to give away about 2,000 backpacks with supplies since 2013.

“It’s always wonderful to see the smiles on our students’ faces with their new backpacks on during the first day of school,” Cook said.

Refreshments were served and music was provided by the Big Red Band.