Community event helps kids get ready for back to school

Project back to school 2017
Project back to school 2017

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Saturday, thousands of parents and kids filled the rooms at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall to finish any last minute details before school starts Thursday.

This is all apart of Project Back to School, were kids in the Wichita Falls Independent School District could pick up a new backpack and school supplies.

One of those families, are the Morenos.

"It feels pretty good," said Larry Moreno, who brought out his kids.  "Especially when you don't have money for stuff.  I mean you have to use that money to go

toward clothes and you don't have the money to get the school supplies, so it helps out a whole lot."

Project Back to School started nine years ago, when one woman got the idea to give out backpacks to kids in the district who need it most.

Vanda Cullar has been a board member for this event since it started.

"The kids get so excited," said Cullar.  "They get to choose their back pack.  It's school shopping so they love it."

The program gives out about 7000 back packs every year.

Today, about 3,500 went home with a new one.

Each child who qualified got to choose out a new backpack, stuffed with supplies to take to school on the first day.

Arianna Foster, chose blue.

"It's really cool that there are a lot of backpacks and a lot of volunteers that help stuff these," said Foster.  "Backpacks are expensive so getting a free backpack like this is really exciting."

With the help of the community, volunteers stuffed over 7000 backpacks.

Cullar said it doesn't happen overnight.

"We take about a two or three week break and hit it again," said Cullar.

It wasn't just backpacks Saturday, the MPEC was filled with different organizations showing support to the community.

There was even free dental and eye screenings to everyone who came.

Moreno has seen first hand the good that this program does.

Last year he was able to get his kids physicals.

"We didn't have time to get in there and get an appointment," said Moreno.  "In order to do sports it kind of helped them out."

Cullar said they do this every year because every student should have the equal opportunity to learn.

"We just want every single student to begin the school year with what they need to get that year off to a fantastic start," said Cullar.

The program works all year to get backpacks for this event.

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