Tarrant County Back to School Roundup coming ... soon

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More information Tarrant County Back to School Roundup • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7 • Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth • Parking is $5 at the center; free shuttle service from Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive. Free public bus service on the T for participants. • Details and eligibility requirements in English and Spanish are available online or via the 211 information line. Mandatory preregistration events: • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Northbrook Elementary School, 2500 Cantrell Sansom Road, Fort Worth • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nichols Junior High School, 2201 Ascension Blvd., Arlington • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 200 NW 20th St., Fort Worth • 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Everman Library, 100 N. Race St., Everman • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Resource Connection Conference Center, 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., July 18, Parkway Elementary School, 1320 W. Everman Parkway, Fort Worth • 10 a.m.-noon, July 20, White Settlement schools family resource center, 1000A S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement • 4-6 p.m. July 22-23: LaGran Plaza Metro PCS, 4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth; Metro PCS–Fort Worth corporate, 5010 S. Hulen St.; Metro PCS-Arlington, 818 E. Abram St.; Metro PCS-Jacksboro corporate, 2246 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth • 9-11 a.m. July 26, Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Park in Lot B. Enter at the first-base gate • 10 a.m.-1 p.m., July 27, Resource Connection Conference Center, 2300 Circle Drive (Conference Center), Fort Worth • 1-3 p.m. July 27, Haltom City Public Library, 4809 Haltom Road • 4-6 p.m. July 27, White Settlement schools family resource center, 1000A S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement • 4-6 p.m. July 30, Stripling Middle School, 2100 Clover Lane, Fort Worth • 3-5 p.m. Aug. 2, H&R Block, 2804 Cleburne Road, Fort Worth

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Need a new backpack for school? How about immunizations? Heck, maybe a haircut to top it all off for a fresh start.

All of this, and more, will be available at the ninth annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, which provides free school supplies for eligible students in prekindergarten through grade 12 enrolled in Tarrant County public schools.

But to get into the Aug. 7 event, which is expected to serve at least 10,000 students, adults need to preregister by Aug. 2, something local school officials stressed at a news conference Wednesday.

“Going through the process of preparation for school helps reinforce the fact that attending school has the expectation of learning,” said Clint Bond, Fort Worth schools spokesman in an earlier statement.

“If a student is fully equipped with required supplies, immunizations and knows how to catch the bus, or which route to walk, then the distractions that detract from the learning day are minimized or eliminated,” he said.

Several registration events are scheduled for upcoming weeks for families to get vouchers for admission to the event and school supplies. Individuals without admission vouchers will not be allowed inside.

At the 14 events, families can pick up vouchers after completing paperwork and providing photo identification, proof of Tarrant County residency and proof that the family’s income falls below the federal poverty level.

Immunizations will be available to up to 200 children, and eye exams and glasses will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Vision screenings will be available to everyone.

This year, 2,000 school uniforms and 7,000 free books will be distributed. Representatives from Tarrant County schools will be available to answer questions.

The event is funded by donations and in-kind contributions to meet the needs of low-income families in the county. According to the 2011 census, 23.8 percent of young people in Tarrant County live in poverty.

Last year, the average person with schoolchildren spent $95.44 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks, according to the National Retail Federation.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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