LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Greater Lafayette Black Expo chapter is kicking off the school year with its fifth annual backpack to school rally.
"We want to help those families who may need some help getting some supplies, but we want to help get the kids back into the mode of going back to school.
The free event gave students the opportunity to get supplies they need for the upcoming school year.
"I think it's a big help for the parents because a lot of the kids couldn't afford to get some of the school supplies that we're able to hand out to them, so they can be better prepared for school," volunteer Justine Urbanus said.
"We looked at several different kinds of lists from the different schools and we picked out the items that were similar and then we divided that up by four different grade categories for the book bag," Black Expo secretary Cindy Everhart said.
Hundreds of families turned out to get the school supplies and learn more about family service programs in Greater Lafayette. The rally provided plenty of fun for kids too.
For the Greater Lafayette Black Expo chapter president Jesse Moore, the rally is an exciting experience.
"It's really heartwarming, but it's sometimes difficult to manage, but we want everybody to come out," Moore said. "We want to help as much as possible and we expect this to grow every year. This year we're looking to give away 350 book bags."
That's 100 more bags than last year and Moore hopes the program will grow throughout the years.
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