Families still needing assistance with school supplies should contact the Barnabas Connection at 512-847-1664 through September 15, 2014. Arrangements can be made to pick up the supplies or have them delivered to the appropriate Wimberley school campus.
The 2014 Back to School Fiesta assisted over 490 local students attending Wimberley ISD and KAPS High School with free school supplies, backpacks and Payless Shoes gift cards at the Wimberley United Methodist Church, Saturday, August 16. Approximately 160 volunteers (from Wimberley organizations, faith communities, Wimberley ISD staff, and families receiving assistance) shared their time Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to help make the distribution possible.
The Barnabas Connection started the Back to School Fiesta in 2006 assisting 100 children the first year and has grown steadily each year, helping approximately 500 Wimberley students each year for the last several years.
Wimberley Lion’s club provided 66 vision assessments with 16 referrals for followup with an eye doctor. Live Oak Health Partners Hays Co. Community clinic provided 16 students with 35 immunizations.
Four local hairstylists provided 52 free haircuts over the course of three hours and did it with a smile – Thank you Jennie Lowry (pictured), Samantha Kingsley, Shannon Carrillo and Joffa Wubbena! Vicky Mayo generously provided gift certificates for free hair cuts.
Rotary Club of Wimberley stepped in and provided free books to each elementary aged child, which was in addition to the usual support they provide towards purchasing backpacks.
“The Fiesta is now in its eighth year and each year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of this community. Our hope is that every student can start the year with everything they need for a successful year, and clearly our community wants that too,” said Vicki McCuistion, Barnabas Connection Executive Director and Fiesta organizer.
A sweet surprise this year included Trey and Blakely Degenhart requesting backpacks for the Fiesta at their summer birthday party. Trey (6th grade) and Blakely (5th grade) donated over 40 backpacks to their fellow students in need! (Pictured.)
The Back to School Fiesta is sponsored by the Barnabas Connection, with major support provided by Ace Hardware of Wimberley, Rotary Club of Wimberley, Seton Medical Center Hays, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Unity Church, Wimberley Community Civic Club, Wimberley Lion’s Club, and Wimberley United Methodist Church.
Valuable support is also provided by Broadway Bank, Cypress Creek Church, Demasters- Daniel Insurance, First Baptist Church of Wimberley, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Live Oak Health Partners Hays Co. Community Clinic, Ozona National Bank, St. Vincent De Paul of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wimberley Christian Church, Wimberley Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Women, Wimberley United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men, and the Women’s Guild at Chapel in the Hills.
We also would like to thank Sip on the Square and Maui Wowi for helping us take care of our many volunteers, and Brenda Rau Photography for taking pictures!