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Students, Parents Tour Riverbank Campuses
The RHS Bruin Boosters organization was one of many on the high school campus for Back-to-School night last week. The group, made up of parents and alumni, was seeking new members for the 2017-18 school year. They raise funds by manning the snack bar at school events, proceeds are used to provide scholarships and team uniforms for the different sports. Ric McGinnis/The News

Since students in Riverbank returned to their classrooms earlier this month, it seems fitting that they would invite their families to join them on campuses across town last week.

Back-to-School nights were hosted at Riverbank Unified School District campuses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this past week. First up was an elementary twofer: Mesa Verde and California Avenue schools hosted their Back-to-School evenings on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The Riverbank Language Academy and Cardozo Middle School events were hosted on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Closing out the week of activity, the Back-to-School schedule on Thursday, Aug. 17 saw students and their families head to the RHS campus.

Parents and siblings accompanied their students from class to class, criss-crossing the campuses on an abbreviated schedule that simulated a regular school day.

On the RHS campus, on Thursday, families also got a chance to talk about clubs and other campus organizations.

Most were set up on tables in the quad area, with students, or coaches, manning the stations. From FFA to NJROTC, Drama to baseball and student government, information was at the ready for parents who inquired.

Near the main office, the Bruin Boosters were set up with a dual purpose. They had information and sign-up forms for parents who wanted to join their organization and they had Bruin team paraphernalia for sale including T-shirts, sweatshirts, even hats, with the new 2017-18 season designs, available for purchase, for those getting into the swing of the fall sports.

The money the Boosters raise, both with their team clothing sales and running snack bars on campus, they use for scholarships for students at the end of the school year, and for helping to pay for team uniforms at the high school.

Bruin Boosters will be running the snack bar at Angelo Novi Stadium on Friday, Aug. 25 for the first RHS home football game of the 2017 season.