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“Back to School Bash” drive-thru event serves free school supplies to hundreds of families

Published: Friday, August 20, 2021

OSU-Tulsa community engagement specialist Alnetta Morris, center, was the key organizer for the event.


Oklahoma State University-Tulsa helped 443 Tulsa-area families of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students prepare for school in a “drive-thru” Back to School Bash during the first week of classes.

The line of cars at the event crowded beyond OSU-Tulsa’s Parking Lot A, spilling onto Greenwood Avenue.

Hundreds of Tulsa-area students and their families collected notebooks, folders, pens, paper and other school supplies, much of which was donated by OSU-Tulsa staff, faculty and students. Information about services and programs designed to help students enjoy a safe and successful school year was also available. 22 local businesses, initiatives and organizations handed out supplies and promotional materials at the event.

KIPP Tulsa Showtime Marching Band, Carver Middle School dance team and Hornsby the Tulsa Drillers mascot provided entertainment to families driving through the event.  

The event was sponsored by Smiley Elmore & Associates, LegaCy Tees LLC, Antioch Baptist Church, Tulsa County, Now on the Clock Podcast, Tulsa Drillers, Junior League of Tulsa and the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Those interested in learning more about events and initiatives for the community can read more at the OSU-Tulsa Community Engagement webpage or send a message to community engagement specialist Alnetta Morris at





Media Contact: Aaron Campbell | 918-594-8046 |