DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Diboll ISD students got to celebrate their first day back to school with a party. Everyone in the community was invited to attend the districts' first back-to-school bash.
Diboll mayor John McClain rang the school bell signifying that Monday was the official first day back to school.
The Diboll PTSA hosted the bash outside the administration building. It's part of a state-wide PTSA theme: "Back the Future."
"[We're] showing our kids that we care about them as we kick off the first day of school, showing them that they're important, showing them that they have people in their community that love them, that care about them and that they can always look up to," said Chantea Allen, Diboll PTSA President.
City leaders says it's important for the success of the students and the district to have community involvement.
"The first day of school is an important day to all these kids they have the rest of the year to go and this just shows them that we're excited about school," Allen said. "We're celebrating their first day with them, school's not something to be dreaded it's something to be excited about."
Diboll area businesses and churches had booths in the parking lot with free hot dogs and sodas, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting and a dunk tank.
Plus, the kids got to play on the fire truck, honk the horn and turn on the sirens.
The East Texas News asked Diboll second grader Angel Sarmiento how his first day of school was and he said, "Good."
The East Texas News asked Diboll fourth grader Bailey Curtis if she thought it was going to be a good school year and she said, "Yes." She also said she thought the back-to-school bash was a fun way to end the first day of school.
"I went to class," said Diboll second grader Cruso Cragar. "And I had really really fun and we read books and we sat on the carpet and I went to another class and I went everywhere today."
Diboll fifth grader Hazel Shepherd said she has mixed feelings about saying goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year. "Oh it went good. I still had to do a little homework but it's still good and I got to see most of my friends," Shepherd said. "I do miss summer because my birthday is also the first day of summer but I'm really excited to see all my friends, my teacher and just glad to be back."
The Diboll ISD school board met after the bash and finalizing a budget was among of the top priorities on the agenda.