United Way Gives Away 1,000 Backpacks at Back-to-School Bash

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OAK CLIFF, TX -- Summer is quickly coming to a close, and that can only mean one thing: the start of a new school year.

That's right, most North Texas school districts head back to class on August 24th - that's next week, folks.

On Saturday, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas teamed up with Dallas Parks and Rec. to host the Oak Cliff Back-to-School Festival. The event got kids excited about hitting the books, and even included a free lunch, music, crafts and performances.

What's more, 1,000 backpacks were distributed to area kids. How's that for a back-to-school bash?

"This is a great event, you look around, there are over 1,000 kids that got the supplies they need so they can start school next week, best foot forward, ready-to-go, excited, pumped up about school," Susan Hoff said of the free event.

"In order for them to be prepared, they need to be equipped,"  Taylor Tyrones explained.

"I've been asking the kids all day, 'what is learning?' They're going to be excited about learning, they're going to be excited about their education and show how brilliant they are."