Thursday, August 11 2022

A late summer Back 2 School Fun Fest will feature school supplies, kids’ activities, food, a chance to win a gas card and more on Saturday.

The event, sponsored by the Port Arthur and Valero Independent School District, will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial High School in Port Arthur.

“We wanted to give back to the community and have something fun, engaging and exciting to get the kids excited, a fun end of summer party,” said Adrienne Lot, Media/Communications Specialist of PAISD.

There is a long list of things to do inside and outside of school. They include free activities, such as crafts and giant games to play Laser Tag, archery, two play trucks, bouncy houses for all ages, including one for toddlers under 5 years old, and Kona Ice will also be there.

Lott said DJ Jazzie Redd, formerly of Magic 102.5, will provide entertainment as well as performances from student and community groups.

Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Marching Heat and Flames, representatives from the Mexican Heritage Society, Vietnamese Dragon Dancers and Port Arthur Junior Bees.

There will also be a 360-degree selfie booth, a student favorite, Lott said.

Children and families can get up close and personal with first responder vehicles from the Port Arthur Police Department, Port Arthur Fire Department, US Coast Guard and Acadian Ambulance.

“We’re going to have free food and activities and also donate school supplies to the kids until we run out,” Lott said.

Parents can participate in a raffle for a fuel card to distribute during the event.

The Port Arthur City Health Department will also be on hand to administer COVID vaccines and mandatory school vaccinations.

The district’s technical department will be there to help students register for the next school year. All students must enroll whether they stay at the same school or not.

Lott explained that all 8,000 students in the schools must register.

Carol Hebert, Valero Port Arthur Refinery Public Affairs Manager, explained that the event dates back to 2009 when the refinery created an event for Port Arthur residents that offered family entertainment with fun and educational activities for children. young people in the community.

The event was dubbed Kid Fest from 2009 to 2019, but the pandemic caused the event to be canceled in 2020 and 2021.

For 2022 the event has been renamed Back 2 School Fun Fest and we have partnered with PAISD to bring this event to the community.

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