Thousands of families turned out for Arlington's Back to School Kickoff at AT&T Stadium. The school district ended up handing out 10,000 backpacks and school supplies. The back-to-school fair was for families who are eligible for free and reduced school lunches.
Students were given free haircuts, dental, vision, and health screenings. CBS DFW reports that this is the 8th year the district has put on this back-to-school drive. But they are seeing parents struggling even more in part to inflation, which has created financial stress for families. Families are forced to work overtime to make sure the family is fed, rent is paid and other bills are covered.
Arlington ISD Superintendent Sr. Marcelo Cavazos told CBS DFW that almost 70% of students are financially disadvantaged and this back-to-school fair helps students succeed on the first day. The event gives families what they need to be ready for school and reduces the stress of the first day of school.
According to CBS DFW, several other organizations across North Texas are hosting school fairs this month. Fort Worth ISD is hosting a resource fair at Polytechnic High School on August 13th. The school fair will include backpack giveaways, online registration support, immunizations, music, games, and even a food truck. CBS DFW says these resource fairs come as families look to prepare their children for school amid a year that is being made hard by the rise in inflation, and the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Most schools in Arlington ISD are beginning on August 15th.