Back to school

Teachers, students gear up for new year


More than 300 students and parents from the area flocked to Sealy High School for the annual Back to School Health Fair last week.

School supplies and backpacks were handed out on behalf of Amerigroup and the Sealy branch of Woodmen of the World. The Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services of Austin County sponsored the event and supplied health screenings to children and parents.

In addition, doctor and dentist offices had representatives on hand to open a line of communication for families. Along with them, the Austin County Sheriff’s Department had officers in the cafeteria to meet the parents of the kids they'll be protecting.

The students weren't the only one getting supplies and preparing for the upcoming 10-month grind of a school schedule. Teachers and staff were in a back room with Rick Ybarra of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, who was giving them a lesson on how to better handle the mental health of their students.

School starts Aug. 27, with football season kicking off Aug. 31.


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