LISD’s 2020 Back-to-School Fair
Community Rallies During Trying Times to Prepare Students for 2020-2021 School Year
For an entire year, a group of dedicated district employees and community partners worked tirelessly to plan the LISD Back-to-School Fair – an annual event that provides thousands of students free backpacks and supplies to start the school year.
“We have always been in-tune with the fact that there are needs among all areas of our community,” LISD Elementary Social Worker Beth Ann Beckmann said. “However, COVID has definitely played a role in enhancing those needs. Generally, we serve 5,500 students through the fair, but this year our numbers increased exponentially, and there was a representation of need in every single school across the district. Even though we couldn’t host a traditional fair this year, we were grateful to find a way to still assist our families.”
With the continued global pandemic, the district had to pivot from hosting the fair as normal and find a way to deliver the needed backpacks and supplies to the 7,200 students registered for the event. This, of course, required massive amounts of help. Following safety protocols and with an abundance of caution, it took 10 committees, more than 600 volunteers, and 140 hours of volunteering to organize 250,000 items of supplies; then, stuff and deliver 7,200 backpacks to schools. Once the backpacks were delivered to each campus, school counselors and Communities In Schools site coordinators connected with families to safely get the backpacks in the hands of their students before the first day of school.
“We are so fortunate to be surrounded by a community of organizations and individuals who provide support to our students and families,” LISD Secondary Social Worker Hollie Wilson said. “Even during a global pandemic and uncertain times, our community compassionately and graciously stepped up to ensure thousands of our students started the school year successfully.”
In addition to volunteers stuffing backpacks and delivering them across the district’s 127-square miles, the needed supplies and backpacks wouldn’t be possible without the 2020 LISD Back-to-School Fair Sponsors. Special thanks to the Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors, the Next Steps Center, and The Village Church (Platinum Sponsors); Costco Wholesale (Diamond Sponsor); and Granite Construction and McGee Lane Self Storage (Gold Sponsors).
“Flexible and nimble has been our catchphrase for the last six months, and the Back-to-School Fair is a tremendous example of the adaptability of our staff, volunteers, and the families we serve,” LISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers said. “This event is a massive undertaking each year, and could not happen without many exceptional community partners, volunteers, and the work of the LISD Counseling and Social Work Services Department. I am proud that despite the challenging circumstances, we were able to serve more than 7,200 families this year.”
Learn more about the LISD Back-to-School Fair by visiting LISD.net/backtoschoolfair.