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Back to School Blast is Aug. 6

Back to School Blast in Marble Falls

The 2022 Back to School Blast takes place Aug. 6 at Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Drive. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

More than 1,500 Highland Lakes students will get ready for school at the annual Back to School Blast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Drive.

Along with a backpack full of school supplies, all area students in prekindergarten through 12th grade can pick out free shoes and socks and get a free haircut and free vision screening. The Seton Care-A-Van will be set up to schedule needed immunizations as well, said Jonathan Sultemeier, president of the nonprofit that organizes the Back to School Blast.

“We’re excited for it to happen,” Sultemeier said.

Because of the pandemic, the last two blasts were drive-through events. Haircuts and other offerings were not available.

“This really is a great way to equip families and bless them and, hopefully, give them a positive start to their school year,” he added.

Students do not need to bring identification or proof of anything, Sultemeier said. Anyone can show up and participate, although since the Llano Independent School District is providing all school supplies for its classes this year, LISD students will not be given supplies at the event.

“They are welcome to everything else,” said Sultemeier, who is also the communications and creative director for First Baptist Church of Marble Falls.

New this year is a way for individuals to easily donate. Anyone wishing to help fund the nonprofit event can donate $30 for a backpack by visiting the website at b2sb.info. Anyone wanting to give a larger donation should contact Sultemeier at jonathan@b2sb.info.

Volunteers are still needed and can sign up for specific assignments and times online.

The event, which was started by Lake Shores Church in 2011, has grown to include a six-member board representing a variety of churches and other organizations. It is paid for mostly through sponsorships.

“The response to the individual sponsorships has been good,” Sultemeier said. “People were looking for a way to give individually and were not sure how to do that. For $30, you can help us purchase a backpack and school supplies.”

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