The school year is a about a month away. To make sure WFISD students have the supplies they need, Project Back To School is gearing up for their big roundup.
From pencils to crayons and backpacks soon thousands of supplies will head from local stores into the hands of area students.
"Their faces are just shining when they come to school," said Southern Hills Elementary Teacher Andreia Waggoner.
Project Back To School is in its fourth year of operations. The organization relies on the community to purchase supplies from either three area Walmarts, United Market Street or Red River Harley Davidson.
Those backpacks and supplies are then sent to the customer service desk. On Saturday August 18 for the big roundup WFISD students who qualify for reduced lunches are given the new materials.
"It has grown some," said Vanda Wright with Project Back To School. "If I recall correctly we started out with 3,000 or so and we give out 5,000 or 6,000 backpacks and supplies."
It runs from $5 on up to $20.
"We just want every student at WFISD to start the school year out to have the supplies need to have a very productive school year," said Wright.
In total Project Back To School raises nearly $100,000 to give thousands of WFISD students a fresh start to their education at the beginning of every school year.
They are in need of volunteers and vendors for their big roundup Saturday August 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McNiel Junior High. For more information click here.
They're also looking for Spanish speaking volunteers to help at the Roundup on Saturday, August 18 at 8 a.m. as greeters. If you are interested, complete the online form and select greeter as your preference.
Project Back To School is for ALL WFISD students. Screenings, immunizations and activities will take place during the roundup. Organizers say there is no need for parents to arrive early because there will be enough supplies for all who qualify.