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Texas Tech University is still hosting its Back to School Fiesta in 2020, but with a few changes.

The one day event, set to be held August 1st, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., will be in the Commuter West parking lot, located just west of the United Supermarkets Arena.

The Back to School Fiesta, which serves K-12 students and their families, will be converted to a drive-thru only event. Each family will receive a certain amount of pre-donated school supplies.

Registration for the event is required the day before it’s held.

Read more on Texas Tech's Back to School Fiesta from their press release:

For the past two decades, Texas Tech University has hosted the Back to School Fiesta. Every August, the one-day event serves thousands of K-12 students and their families from Lubbock and the South Plains, providing educational information on topics ranging from college admissions and child care resources to financial aid, health, wellness and nutrition. Students also receive a backpack full of free school supplies at the event.This year, the 21st annual fiesta will be from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 in the Commuter West parking lot west of the United Supermarkets Arena. The event, led and supported by College Connect, the Office of the President and the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, will look a bit different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The Back to School Fiesta will be a drive-thru event,” said Mary Harris, College Connect program manager. “We will have contactless delivery of school supplies and are including an 8-count package of multicultural crayons along with the traditional 24-count box.”

In past years, event partners have attended the fiesta and staffed booths where they distributed information and promotional items and interacted with attendees through games and discussions. This year, partners have been asked to provide items in advance of the event. A limited number of Texas Tech employees will staff the fiesta, with extra precautions taken to promote the health and safety of all involved.

Those who wish to attend the Back to School Fiesta are asked to register online before the day of the event. After registering, they will receive an electronic code to be scanned upon arrival at the event. Those unable to complete early registration can be registered by a staff member when they arrive at the event. School supply distribution is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early arrival is strongly encouraged.

On the day of the event, attendees will enter the parking lot at the far west entrance off Texas Tech Parkway and follow directions to two drive-thru stations where staff will distribute school supplies through vehicle windows. Attendees are asked to stay in their vehicles at all times. A walk-up station will be available for those who cannot bring a vehicle.

Attendees are invited to download the Kahoot! app to play games while waiting in line. There also will be programming from the student radio station, The Raider KTXT 88.1, during the event.

All staff at the event will be required to wear gloves and face masks as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attendees who utilize the walk-up station will be required to maintain at least 6-foot distance, per social distancing guidelines, and will be provided a face mask if they do not have one. Hand sanitizer will be available at the walk-up station.

For more information, contact College Connect at (806) 742-2420 or by email at

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