The Mayor’s Again to College Pageant introduced by Shell will present backpacks, faculty provides, meals and masks to 1000’s of scholars and their households – Metropolis of Houston
July 23, 2021 – Mayor Sylvester Turner will welcome thousands of students and their families to the 11th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fest on Saturday, August 14, 2021, presented by Shell at NRG Park Yellow Lot as a drive-through event.
Registration is recommended to take part in the festival: https://www.houstontx.gov/btsf/registermystudent.html
The annual festival, hosted by Shell Oil Company, is designed to help disadvantaged elementary school students in the Houston area and their families prepare for return to school. In addition to distributing 25,000 backpacks of school supplies, the Mayor’s Office has partnered with the Houston Food Bank for special events to provide groceries to the students’ families. Face masks are also distributed to ensure a safe return to school. With one in four Texas children living in poverty, the Mayor’s Back to School Fest presented by Shell focuses on changing the future for every child.
“Many families in Houston simply cannot afford school supplies and the challenges are greater this year due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are badly affected by health problems or unemployment, ”said Mayor Turner. “I thank our sponsors for stepping on the plate to help. Thanks to her generosity, thousands of children will have the tools they need for a successful start to the school year. “
Due to COVID-19, this new method of procuring school supplies was introduced in 2020 with the sole purpose of maintaining public safety and social distance. This commitment to safety remains a priority for this year’s event.
“Shell is honored to be the founding and presentation sponsor of the Mayor’s annual Back 2 School Festival,” said Christina Jones, VP HR, Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Relations. “Through our strong 11-year partnership, we have a variety of educational programs that prepare our students for academic success. These continuous efforts are crucial to support our talent pipeline, but also to maintain and expand the economic vitality of this community that we all call home. “
The partnership with the Houston Food Bank benefits students and their families by providing much-needed products, proteins, and dry goods.
“Houston Food Bank is proud to be participating in the Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest to help children and families prepare for this important time of the year,” said Brian Greene, President / CEO of the Food Bank. “While there are still so many unknowns around during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that some families need help preparing for this time of year and still need food aid. We are excited to partner with Shell and the City of Houston for this important event. “
Event sponsors & supporters
Presenting Sponsor: Shell Oil Company; Community partner: Houston Food Bank; Host & Sponsor: NRG Park; Sponsors: Bank of America; CenterPoint Energy; Internet Basics from Comcast; Kelsey Seybold Clinic; Houston Community College; Legacy community health; AAA-Texas; Company; University of Houston; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; Texas Barber College; Houston Crimestoppers; Jetco delivery
The Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest, presented by Shell, is an initiative of the Department of Neighborhoods in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Call 832-393-0868 for more information.
About Shell Oil Company
Shell Oil Company is a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with offices in more than 70 countries. In the United States, Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 16,000 people working to meet the challenges of the new energy future.