Volunteers Prepare for Project Back to School

Volunteers around Wichita Falls are gearing up for the Project Back to School Roundup event.  It's where area children will receive help with their back-to-school needs, whether it be immunizations, physicals, school supplies and backpacks.

2015 is the 7th year for Project Back to School.  Thanks to Project Back to School, over 6,000 students will have what they need to start the school year off right.  About 93-percent of the student population in the Wichita Falls area is considered economically disadvantaged.

Many of the volunteers Newschannel 6 spoke with said, giving back, especially for education is vital.

"Being able to provide them (students) with school supplies just takes one less stress away from a student whose focus should be on learning as opposed to having the supplies needed to participate in the classroom," said Teea Reed, volunteer from Union Square.

"Our mission, Project Back to School, is to get each student off to a great start for the school year.  We know that it's a struggle for parents when school starts especially if you have multiple children.  It's just an expensive time of the year and we want every kid to be excited about going to school," said Vanda Cullar, board member with Project Back to School.

Supplying area school children with what they need for school is equipping them with the tools to be successful.

Project Back to School Roundup will take place Saturday, August 1st at McNiel Junior High from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Doors will be open to students in Wichita Falls and surrounding areas in Headstart all the way up to 12th grade and their parents.  Qualifying children will receive free school supply kits and backpacks.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6