Sierra Vista Mall hosts the Back to School Bash, thousands respond. [Photo by Ron Sundquist]
Jordan Severns | Reporter
Sierra Vista Mall was the host of Clovis Unified School District’s Back to School Bash on Aug. 6 for students and their families.
The event was sponsored by the Clovis Police Department, Friends of the Clovis Public Library, and Clovis Area Recreation.
The center court, located just inside the main entrance of the mall, is where all the action took place starting at 10 a.m. Clovis Unified students waited along with approximately over 1,000 people in line for the event.
As they entered into Sierra Vista Mall, the students started circling around an assembly line-style setup of nine tables where they received backpacks, school supplies, face paintings, and were given the option to participate in an assortment of other fun activities.
Each child began with an empty backpack. As they continued down the line to the end of the table, school supplies such as folders, notebooks, rulers, and erasers were handed to them to fill up their backpacks. After they left the table with brand new accessories, they circled around the center court and went to the next table, face painting. Each table was stationed with something fun and scholastic to offer. The Clovis Police Department gave students templates to draw pictures for local officers and letters giving thanks.
The Children’s Musical Theatre performed in front of a stage setup by local radio station Y101 at 11 a.m. followed by backpack giveaways by Sonitrol Security Systems and the Clovis Police Department at noon and was finished off with the cash cube giveaway at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Eventually, the crowd that was steadily growing all morning started to taper off just after noon, which was a little too late for the students and families who showed up when supplies ran out. Further down each side of the mall, more fun was taking place. At the north end, Clovis PD had snacks for everyone and handed out fresh bags of popcorn.
The biggest and most steady crowd that gathered inside the mall was to see Reptile Ron, who was showcasing exotic animals and various reptiles. His wife, Amy Guill, of Clovis are both Clovis High School alumni and do events similar to the Back to School Bash with the Clovis Police Department. The children and adults both were entertained the rare animals such as the Harlequin Macaw, a Bearded Dragon, a Burmese Python, two Pancake Tortoises, and a Jungle Carpet Python.
Other businesses and nonprofits taking part in the event included Friends of the Clovis Public Library, Girl Scouts of America and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.