TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- The city of Lafayette and West Lafayette's school corporations are working to get students prepared for a successful fall and spring semester. Both corporations are assisting families with free school supplies and lunches.
Lafayette School Corporation is providing all Kindergarten through 8th-grade students a free backpack filled with supplies. It'll be on their desk when they enter the classroom on the first day of school. Each backpack includes at least 10 grade-level appropriate school supply items. They'll also be given a reusable water bottle.
While TSC invested in a company that creates school supplies box kits for students, Lafayette is purchasing supplies for their students in bulk from local stores.
Both corporations are funding these supplies through federal stimulus money. Lafayette School Corporation's Superintendent Les Huddle said after using those funds for after-school programs and summer school, they had enough left over to brainstorm other ways they could benefit families.
"What can we do to help with that and one thing as we got closer to school kind of the light bulb went on and said 'hey, maybe we can fund the school supplies,'" said Huddle.
He said because of this stimulus money, they'll be able to provide these free backpacks with supplies for students for the next few years.
Huddle said providing these tools for students is really helping kick start a great year.
"What we're hoping for and really looking forward to is starting off on a really positive note, and then taking that positive note and continuing to increase that positivity to have an extremely great year," said Huddle.
West Lafayette Elementary and Intermediate students are also being provided free supplies. Two local Verizon Wireless stores are hosting a backpack and supplies giveaway specifically for those students on Sunday, Aug. 1 from 1 - 4 p.m. They'll be giving away 150 backpacks.
It'll be held at 348 E State St. West Lafayette, IN 47906. The company providing these supplies is Round Room LLC, which is the authorized retailer for Verizon Wireless.
All students nationwide will benefit from a federally funded program offering free breakfast and lunch. Both school corporations are urging parents to get their kids registered as soon as possible.
Lafayette's classes start on Tuesday, Aug. 10th, and Oakland Elementary students start on Friday, Jul 30. And West Lafayette classes start on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Lafayette parents click here to register students for school. In-person registration also kicked off this week.