Volunteers stuff backpacks for AISD’s Back to School Bash

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The first day of the school year comes with new clothes, new teachers and new school supplies. For some families, the cost of making sure all those things are in place can be a financial burden.

On Tuesday, volunteers gathered at the Delco Center in East Austin to stuff 3,000 backpacks with various supplies for the Austin Independent School District’s Back to School Bash this weekend, which is also Tax Free Weekend.

“They have notebook paper, pens and papers. The basic needs just to help the families out who may not be able to purchase all those things by themselves, because it seems like the school supply list gets longer and longer every year,” says Beverly Reeves with AISD.

Not only will students be able to get free backpacks (while supplies last) at the Back to School Bash, but parents can make sure their children are up to date on all their vaccinations. Nurses from Dell Children’s/AISD Health Services will provide the free vaccinations (families must present student shot records).

The Bash runs from 9 a.m.-noon at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Volunteers line up to fill backpacks with supplies for AISD's Back to School Bash 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

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