Project Back to School Roundup

With students are getting closer to the start of the school year, the project back to school round up was the morning to help parents with the cost of supplies.
This event has grown exponentially over the years. The line was wrapped around the building this morning with the first person getting in line about 5:30 this morning and it’s all done for the students who might need a little help.
The project back to school roundup was for Wichita Falls ISD and for City View ISD. To participate in the school supply giveaway the students must qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.
“So, in Wichita Falls ISD, student enrollment is over 14,000,” said Vanda Culler, a board member for Project Back to School. “Sixty-three percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged which means they qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.”
The project has grown to about 70 booths. 500 volunteers and will help thousands of students. There were also free dental and vision screenings as well as vaccinations. Parents are thankful for events like this.
“It means a lot. It helps the kids out,” said Clinton Lawson, one of the parents at the roundup. “I mean there are some poor kids out there who can’t afford anything and I think this is a really great thing. Wichita Falls is a great community all the way around and I am blessed to have this here for the kids.”
The volunteers at the roundup are happy to see the roundup grow to help as many kids as possible.
“While we wish there weren’t so many that needed to take advantage of this,” Culler said. “It is awesome. We want every student to start that school year out with what they need so that they can just be ready to learn and not concentrating on not having the supplies that they need and we also hope it helps the teachers.”
On top of the roundup, project back to school also delivers school supplies to Burgess, Lamar, Scotland Park, Washington and Zundy Elementary schools. .
Last year about 3600 students attended the project back to school roundup and while we don’t have the exact number for how many came this year yet, they expected more than 3 thousand again.

 


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