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Rounding Up Supplies: Thousands Attend Tarrant Co. Back-to-School Roundup

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Fort Worth, TX—The Tarrant County Back-to-School Roundup is making sure kids are ready for the first day of school.

It’s their tenth time having the event, and students aren’t leaving empty handed.

“We have supplies for 10,000 children,” Board Member Julie Parks said.  “They can get their hair cut, they get immunizations, they get health screenings and they get vision screenings.”

Folks lined up for dental, blood pressure and glucose checks. Hey! Where else can ya get a free haircut, vaccines, and glasses? And get this, Nothing came out of taxpayers’ pockets.

“No government money. It’s all from the community and corporations,” Parks added.

According to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 2 million students are eligible for free and reduced lunch– just in the State of Texas.

“The need never goes away,” Parks said.

School fairs and rallies, like this one, help folks who might not be able to afford the things on school shopping list otherwise.

“We’re here getting the service for the low-income public,” said grandmother Joannetta Mortimer.  “I am so glad to be here with my grandson getting this service, because we needed it so bad.”

“I have six children,” added mom Regina Davis.  “For a single parent mom, this is a lot of help.  This is a wonderful thing that they’re doing.”

When asked about the festivities, student John Moss simply said, “Awesome!”

What a way to start the school year!

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