It might by hotter than Hades out there, but somewhere wafting through that oppressive air is the smell of unopened glue, crayons with pristine tips, crumb-free backpacks and crisp clothes and sneakers that have yet to see activity.
Those lazy days of summer (were they ever really lazy?) are about to end when students at most local schools head back to class Aug. 26.
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Back to School Bash
Austin Independent School District offers this free program. Check your school district for a similar program.
When: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 24
Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., with free shuttles from 8 a.m. from One Texas Center, Blazier Elementary, Martin Middle School, Mendez Middle School and Reagan High School
Get free immunizations if you bring your shot records, and get free backpacks and school supplies with a child present while supplies last. AISD also will be talking about its programs and services.
Press Forward Back to School event
Fitness competitions, educational resources and free school supplies with Agape Christian Ministries and WWE wrestler Mark Henry.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10
Where: Hernandez Middle School, 1901 Sunrise Road, Round Rock
Greater Austin Back to School Bash
When: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3
Where: Harvey Penick Golf Course, 5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Get health and dental screenings, plus games, music, healthy snacks and face painting. Sponsored by Walmart and benefiting First Tee of Greater Austin.
Register and information: www.thefirstteeaustin.org
Back to School Carnival & School Supply Drive
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17
Where: A+ Federal Credit Union, Building A, 15295 N. Interstate 35, Buda
A back to school carnival with games and vendors. School supplies will be collected to help the Buda ISD.
Find more Back to School information with our Back to School guide on statesman.com.