GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo is gearing up for its annual Back-to-School carnival on Saturday, Jul. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette. They'll be giving out 250 free backpacks filled with school supplies and other tools to families in need. It's all about filling a financial gap for families as the school year approaches.
Organizers split the supplies into two different categories depending on grade level. Kindergarten through Fourth-grade students will get a traditional-style backpack with crayons and other grade-appropriate supplies. Middle and high school students will get a one-shoulder strap backpack with supplies and headphones.
Carnival coordinator Jos Holman said families really do depend on this event every year.
"We just think it's important especially as we come out of Covid, it's been such a strange year and though each school system will do its own thing this year, we as Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo just still want the community to know we support education we support young people getting their education," said Holman.
He is hoping to see a big turnout this year.
"We hope to see lots of volunteers, we hope to see a line of cars that go all the way back out to Creasy Lane from Ivy Tech's campus and we want to give away every last backpack so if you have an opportunity to come out, come out and we'll provide you a backpack with school supplies
In addition to the school supplies giveaway, the Tippecanoe County Health Department will also be in attendance. They'll have a mobile vehicle with workers helping parents make sure their kids are up to date with their required school vaccines. They'll also be giving Covid-19 shots to kids that meet the age requirement.