Supply Check: DFW Events Help Kids Get Back into School Spirit

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DALLAS — The first day of school is right around the corner.  “I’m kinda excited because I`m going into the 9th grade,” Kendrion Sullenon said.

“I’m most excited for doing the stuff they have like the math and the science,” 5th grader Christian Gonzalez added.

Guess these kids are really drinking the ‘Skool-aid,’ and with good reason. Back to school events in both Dallas and Fort Worth helped kids get back into the school spirit; there were supply giveaways and fun for all.

“We have bounce houses, face painters balloon artists, you name it we have it,” organizer Sha Brewer-Greer said. The event was held at Wilmer-Hutchins High School. “We’ve seen probably 2,000 children today and that was our main goal.”

School supplies aren’t cheap. The National Retail Federation says the average family will spend over $100 on school supplies this year; that’s up from $90 just last year.

“Sometimes I can`t afford it because I`m on a fixed income,” Elnora Gillmore said.

One assistant principal says students who come to school armed with supplies do better in the classroom.

“Kids that don`t make it, they lose some of the engagement and also they don`t get the information that they need,” Wilmer-Hutchins Assistant Vice Principal  Derek Stricklin said.

“I’ll have something to like write on and I`ll have my own utensils that I can use instead of borrowing the from someone else,” Sullenon explained.

Hey, nobody wants to be that kid who has to borrow a pencil the first week of school.