WICHITA FALLS, TX - On Saturday morning, nearly 6,000 students who attend schools within Wichita Falls will have an opportunity to receive free school supplies and backpacks. It's all part of Project Back To School Roundup event taking place August 12th inside the downtown Wichita Falls MPEC located at 1000 5th Street.
While the program provides basic school items for children in Wichita Falls Head Start all the way through the 12th grade, not every student is eligible to receive the free backpacks and supplies. In order to qualify, students must be both enrolled in either a Wichita Fall ISD school or attending City View ISD school and show proof that the child is part of the federal free and reduced lunch program. Parents whose children attend Burgess, Lamar, Scotland Park, Washington and Zundy elementary should know that those schools already plan to provide supplies and backpacks to their students.
The Project Back To School organization began over eight years ago in 2008 with two parents in Wichita Falls who wanted to help provide basic school supplies for local students who otherwise would not be able to afford such items. Today, it is estimated that Project Back to School helps provide an estimated 6,000 students with school supplies and backpacks in a city where there is an estimated 9,500 economically disadvantaged children.
Over the years, the organization has expanded its outreach with the help of both schools and health care service providers. While backpacks and school supplies will be the main focus of Saturdays Project Back To School Roundup, parents should know that free healthcare services will also be provided. The WFISD Health Service will provide free vision screenings while the Community Healthcare Center will offer free dental screenings.
The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District will be providing free immunizations for both WFISD and CVISD students. Parents must be receiving Medicaid and have a record of their child's shots in order to receive the free service. If you and your child are insured, your child can still qualify for the free service, but only if the insurer does not already cover immunizations.