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Free Backpacks for School Kids Tomorrow at Family Fest

Spidey might not be there for this year's Family Fest, but (l-r) CRRC Rec Center Director Stephanie Gonzalez, Director Andi Taliaferro and Woodmen Life Insurance's Amy Adams will pick up where the superheroes left off.

COVID-19 didn’t cancel the Fourth Annual Family Fest at the CRRC’s Rec Center.

There won’t be dozens of vendors, health professionals and stylists waiting to provide free back-to-schools services for Canyon Lake school kids. Or the customary entertainment. Or free clothes and shoes. Or extra lunch money to tuck into school accounts.

Family Fest

Canyon Lake Noon Lions donated $2,000.00 to the CRRC’s Family Fest event, which provides school supplies for Canyon Lake students. (L-r): Past District Governor Len Heimer, CRRC Executive Director Jason Derscheid, Lions President Marc Matier and Lion Tom Meyer.

But there will be backpacks stuffed with school supplies for kids in the first 300 socially-distanced cars to pull up to the Rec Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Parents do not need proof of income. A school-age child must be in the vehicle.

Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake staff have prepared 50 backpacks for kindergarteners, 100 for elementary students, and 150 for high school students and middle-schoolers. Teacher supplies are not included.

Recreation Center Director Andi Taliaferro said Stahlmann’s Bear Creek, Woodmen Life, Canyon Lake Noon Lions, the Pilot Club of Canyon Lake and many of the regulars who show up for exercise classes also chipped in. They stepped up after the downturn in the local economy squeezed many of the area businesses who ordinarily underwrite much of the expense.

“The Canyon Lake community has really pulled together for me,” she said.

CRRC Development Director Maureen Schein said Stahlmann’s also supports CRRC’s North Pole Village.

Marc Matier, president of both the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club and the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce said Lions did what  Lions do — serve their community.

“That’s the motto that we have,” he said.

Lions wrote the Rec Center a $2,000 check for Family Fest but also contributed $10,000 towards a new playground scheduled for installation there as well. The Pilots donated $100.

“We’ve been working with the CRRC for decades,” he said.

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