LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Dozens of families lined up at Ivy Tech in Lafayette for the Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo's backpack event on Saturday.
More than 200 backpacks were handed out. 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. Organizers say it was about filling a financial gap and today was crucial in making sure kids are prepared for the school year.
"One thing that we know is that families during the current COVID crisis and in order for them to be prepared for school they need these backpacks and what we want to do as Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo is provide for the community," said President for the Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo, John Upshaw.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department was also at the event to provide COVID shots to those who qualify. As News 18 has previously reported COVID cases in Tippecanoe County are on the rise.
This is big concern as the delta variant is more transmissible. Administrator for the Tippecanoe County Health Department Khala Hochstedler said they are working to make sure kids are safe as they return to school this year.
Hochstedler says if families weren't able to make it out to the mobile clinic today they can call the Tippecanoe County Health Department at 765-423-9221 to schedule an appointment.