A majority of Kern County students head back to class in less than a week and Thursday the county’s Child Support Services hosted their ninth annual Ready-Set Back 2 School fair to help families and students prepare.
Kern County Child Support Services fundraise all year to put on this growing event. Organizers said the amount of donations has grown from the 400 backpacks they offered on their first year to the 4,000 they do now. They hope this annual event continues to get even bigger.
Four thousand backpacks were handed out during the free event.
“We think it’s important for children to go back to school with the supplies they need to help them be successful throughout the school year,” said Elizabeth Chavez, director of Department of Child Support Services.
The community agrees there is a big need for events like this.
“It meets a need in the community because a lot of kids aren’t able to go and buy those things, they have to get hand-me-downs,” said Mayra Salgado, a grandma present at the event. “This way they go to school with fresh new items and be more positive about beginning their education for the year.”
The event was open to students between PRE-K and 12 grade and their families.
“For the kids it’s exciting because they get to a pick a backup in whatever color they want,” said Sanchez.
The backpacks came filled with school supplies.
There were also free immunizations, free haircuts and a health and wellness fair.