FORT WORTH, Texas - Thousands of families are getting ready for school with Tarrant County’s annual Back to School Roundup.
The Back to School Roundup is a one-stop shop to prepare families for the start of school. Some families started lining up as early as 7 p.m. Wednesday to be the first ones through the doors of the Will Rogers Memorial Center Thursday morning.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the event gives about 10,000 underserved students access to free school supplies. She talked about how she’s seen the community come together to make it happen.
“It has been great to watch it grow the last six to seven years and more and more community partners are coming in. People are really beginning to realize how expensive it can be to send a child back to school and this community needs help with that,” Price said.
Price said over the past seven years that she’s been in office she’s seen the event grow from serving less than 1,000 students. Now two-thirds of the students in Fort Worth ISD live below the poverty line.
“The good news is we have more and more partners and services, medical and dental and vision services and people are aware of it,” she said. “Every child should start at a level playing field with other children. They shouldn’t feel like they are behind because they don’t have things. They really need to go to school and focus on reading and writing and math. And, they will know here the partners expect them to get well educated so they can come back and give to the community.
Thursday’s event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s only open to families who have pre-registered. Walkups are not allowed.