Tarrant Co. Back to School Roundup offers free screenings, supplies

FORTWORTH -- Fort Worth held its annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup on Wednesday.

For thousands of Tarrant County kids and their parents, it was a day of preparation. A simple voucher and the patience to wait in a line, that at times snaked all the way around the Will Rogers Memorial Center, is all they needed to get ready for a brand new school year.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price welcomed in the crowds -- all there to take advantage of
free haircuts, dental and vision screening, immunizations, and of course those much needed and expensive school supplies.

The roundup covers a wide swath of kids from multiple Tarrant County cities and 20 school districts. The need for many families is as large as the area the roundup covers.

'Without this I wouldn't be able to have school supplies at all for my children because I don't have that much income coming in,' said Linsey Duvall. 'Without something like this, my kids wouldn't be able to start off school right.'

Chriseynthia Espinoza said it was her second time participating with her four kids.

'It's a lot to tell you the truth,' she said. 'It's a lot of help for us. When you don't have the money you do what you have to for your kids.'

Several municipalities, the health department and dozens of corporate sponsors and nonprofit groups helped make the Roundup possible.

The event was held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students and parents had to pre-register for vouchers by Aug. 2 to get school supplies and free health screenings.

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