Tarrant County Back-to-School Roundup Wednesday

Eligible families can get free supplies for students for school

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    Tarrant County holds its 10th annual back to school fair. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014)

    About 100 people were lined up before 5 a.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth to get free school supplies made available to 10,000 Tarrant County children.

    Families had to pre-register for the Tarrant County Back to School Roundup. They must meet Federal Poverty Income guidelines and have a student in pre-K through 12th grade. Read more about the requirements here.

    "We really want them to think about how important education is to the community," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "And we want them to know that the community cares about them."

    Children can also get dental, health and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts, information, services, and more at the roundup. To receive immunizations, families must have their child's vaccine records with them.

    Parents & Students Turn Out for Back-to-School Roundup

    [DFW] Parents & Students Turn Out for Back-to-School Roundup
    Parents and students lined up before dawn for the Tarrant County Back-to-School Roundup at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. NBC 5's Ellen Bryan talked to one parent who had been in line for 12 hours. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014)

    "I know that they need shots for school, and I work during the school year, so don't have time to take off and take them to get shots," said parent Brittany Stein.

    Students through Grade 5 will also receive a free backpack.

    The roundup is held from 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    The event is sponsored by Walmart and Sam's Club.