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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

School? Piece of Pie

School? Piece of Pie

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Harker Heights Evening Star

On Friday evening at the football field at Harker Heights High School, hundreds of people attended the annual Back-to-School Pep Rally hosted by Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. The event was perfect for children getting ready to go back to school as they had the chance to mingle and play.

“It was great! Biggest turnout ever since the chamber has been involved in this event. The kids, vendors and parents are all having a good time,” said Gina Pence, president of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber was proud to be a part of the Back to School Pep Rally. The different school organizations are making money selling, t-shirts and food. Beautiful.”

The pep rally was a free event open to the community, student and families. Student organizations and booster clubs had booths set up to sell, T-shirts, drinks, food and other fundraiser items. A popular fundraiser that evening was the selling of “cream pies” which were planted in the faces of friends, family and faculty.

“It’s good to see the community come out and support the Harker Heights Knights. It is great seeing the students come together before school starts,” commented Marlon Cooper, junior, Harker Heights High School.

“It gives Harker Heights a feeling that we are more like family. Every sport appreciates this and it makes us play hard when we get this support from the community,” said CJ Parker, student, Harker Heights High School.

Bounce houses were erected on the campus lawn for children to enjoy and local businesses had booths set up and had giveaways such as water bottles, which were welcomed in the hot weather.

“Very good, very pleased, it looked like everyone enjoyed it. It was just what we hoped for. This event has been growing every year, and we just need to get the word out even more for next year,” remarked Pat Christ, mayor pro tem, City of Harker Heights. “We want more kids to come, to mingle, talk some and say hello to each other, just before school is about to start.”

The student athletic trainers sold barbeque sandwiches in a fundraising effort to go towards the purchase of new uniforms and sports medicine camps. Harker Heights High School has twelve student trainers for the athletic teams.

“I brought my kids out here to support the student athletes. This is my first year teaching here and coaching girls’ basketball. This is a great event for the community,” said Coach Berrouet.

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