Project Back to School kicks off tomorrow morning at 9:00 am

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Project Back to School Roundup is back this year. School supplies, backpacks, immunizations, vision screenings, and dental screenings will all be available at the Wichita Falls MPEC this Saturday.

The free event starts at 9:00 am and last until noon. Volunteers already started stuffing backpacks full of supplies on Thursday.

"The community response as always in Wichita Falls is just amazing. It takes hundreds of volunteers to pull this off and we always have a wonderful response from the community from business to organizations to individuals," Vanda Cullar said.

Project Back to School board member, Cullar said they saw about 3,600 come through the doors of the MPEC last year and they are ready for even more this year.

"There's no need to come stand in line at 5, 6:00 in the morning. Our doors open at 9:00 and you know I would choose to come at 10:00 because there will still be plenty of choices, plenty of backpacks and supplies for those who qualify," Cullar said.

To qualify for the shots and school supplies bring proof of eligibility. This can be a school letter qualifying for free and reduced lunch, Medicaid, Chip letter, Lonestar card, SNAP, TANF, Food Stamp Letter or any government assistance proof.

The event is only for Wichita Falls and City View ISD students. Anyone of those students can come and explore the booths with local business and organizations for the chance to win free giveaways and see their school mascot.

"Every year we have some people come back, a mom, a grand mom, a dad, come back in tears and tell us how important this is to them because it is very expensive to buy all the supplies and get the students ready for school," Cullar said.

Cullar reminds students that attend Burgess, Lamar, Scotland Park, Washington and Zundy Elementary that their supplies are provided at the school and is not necessary to attend the roundup to receive school supplies.

She said they work all year long to raise the funds to have this event. You can always donate anytime on their website because they buy in bulk it only cost $20 to give a student the necessary supplies.

"There's so many things in life. We can't make everything fair and equal, but we do want every student to start the year off with what they need. We want the teachers to not be worried about the students having what they need in the classroom," Cullar said.

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