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One major back-to-school event helped provide hundreds of backpacks and other school supplies for local area children this past weekend while also making sure families had their immunization and COVID-19 shots. 

The ninth-annual Back to School Community Event was done as host Driscoll Health Plan collaborated with the United Independent School District and the Texas A&M University Colonias Program.

The event was done in a drive-thru style as it has been done in the previous year to mitigate any effects of COVID-19 infections but also to provide the students with their yearly school supplies. 

UISD Health Services also offered COVID-19 vaccines to all the children and parents that attended the event.

The event was at no cost to the students or parents whether it was getting backpacks, other supplies or a vaccine. Approximately 500 backpacks were provided to all the students who attended. 

“We offer backpacks for any students that needs them, and we work with other organizations to help us by providing us with back-to-school supplies,” said Reymundo Cruz, a community outreach representative with Driscoll Health Plan. “The event went very well, as it was the second time that we did it as a drive-thru as before COVID it was in person. The drive-thru format is just something that all families can be comfortable with.”

Cruz states that all who attended, especially the children, seemed happy and eager to go back to school, and parents were very excited as well and appreciative of the help.

“Many families are very large, so it definitely helps out that they don’t have to worry about a backpack or getting some of the school supplies,” Cruz said. 

During the event, back-to-school immunizations were provided as well such as the Tdap, MCV4, COVID-19 vaccines and the HPV vaccines. UISD Health Services only required for students to take their immunization records in efforts to get a vaccine. 

Cruz states that the event was held at the SAC, which was seen as a logistically sound location that could be reached by all people from the community and surrounding areas. 

“We do try and locate them in easy and accessible areas, so thankfully UISD was able to let us use the Student Activity Center, which is right on 359 which has access to some of the more rural families and colonias areas, but also it is an easy access point to 359 and the loop,” Cruz said. “Any family that needs help, they stopped by.”

Cruz states that the event is just one of many they will do throughout the summer and beyond as they hope to continue providing the children and families in Laredo all the assistance they need in efforts to make sure families worry less about material things and focus more on getting their children to school. 

“Ar Driscoll Health Plan, we are always interested in helping and giving back to the community as we are a community-based health plan, so it is something that we are able to do just to make sure that the parents have one last thing to worry about,” Cruz said. “That way, all the things that students have to do is behave and go to school.”

Some other events that Driscoll Health Plan is looking to do in the near future in the community are more events of these types that help students succeed in schools. A list of all upcoming events by Driscoll Health Plan can be found on its website.



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