The thirteenth annual Back to School Rally kicked off the 2019 school year this past Saturday to provide students and parents an opportunity to meet with teachers and principals.

The free event, sponsored Navarro County Branch NAACP, IMPACT Navarro County and Corsicana ISD, is held at the IOOF Center. The rally advocates a greater understanding of the educational process to ensure that students stay in school and receive the support needed to graduate.

In addition to school faculty introductions, families received guidance on what school supplies to get for the upcoming year, important details to increase the ease of enrollment, and meeting youth-oriented organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Activities such as a Toy Story-themed bounce house and a waffle bar from B and R Waffle Bar ensured that going back to school would be a sweet deal.

Some Back to School Rally supporters have been advocates since the beginning, such as retired teacher and NAACP member Darlene Jackson.

“This is something exciting to look forward to doing every year, seeing students and parents as they start the new year,” Jackson said.

“They get to see us (teachers) really working,” she added.

Elmeree Burrell, co-founder and organizer of the Back to School Rally, stood with her husband and fellow co-founder George, as they watched kids and parents explore the numerous venue booths.

“It brings the community together,” Burrell said. “We've been having a fantastic time.”

"The Back to School Rally was a huge success," said Corsicana ISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost. "We appreciate the work by the NAACP and IMPACT Navarro College in orchestrating the event and the participation of more than 80 vendors. This rally brings our community together for students to begin the school year with excitement and optimism!"