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School supplies aplenty: Annual event draws about 25,000

12th Annual Tarrant County Back To School Roundup

Presented by Walmart and Sam's Club, the 12th Annual Tarrant County Back To School Roundup not only provided school supplies, but offered health screenings, immunizations, vision exams and haircuts, all offered for free.
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Presented by Walmart and Sam's Club, the 12th Annual Tarrant County Back To School Roundup not only provided school supplies, but offered health screenings, immunizations, vision exams and haircuts, all offered for free.

Students geared up for the start of school Wednesday by participating in the annual Back to School Roundup, where 8,200 school supply packets were given out.

Tarrant County is arranging for the remaining 1,800 packets to be given to nonprofits and school districts. The event, held at Will Rogers Memorial Center, provided free school supplies to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The program targets children from low-income families who live in Tarrant County.

The one-stop event helped students get ready for school. Families had to pre-register for the event, which included health, dental and vision screenings. Students could also get immunizations, haircuts and social service information.

Diane Smith

By the numbers

25,000 estimated attendance

500 children received haircuts

700 vision screenings and 3,000 health screenings were conducted by Wal-Mart

380 fluoride treatments were provided by Baylor College of Dentistry

64 children were fitted with free eyeglasses

260 children received immunizations

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