FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – One in five Tarrant County children lives in extreme poverty.  So, the need is great for to help kids and their families to help prepare for a successful and healthy school year.

Wednesday morning, that need was met for hundreds of families at the annual Tarrant County back to school round up.

The crowds gathered bright and early at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center. Thousands of pre-registered families were eager to get their kids ready to go back to school.

“We’re going to deliver 10,000 school supplies today. We had folks here this morning camped out,” said Dexter Henson, back to school round up board member.

“This is great way to reinforce we really care about the kids and that education is really what we do in all of government,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

But paper and scissors were just some of the freebies. Immunizations, dental and vision screenings and even cool haircuts were also available.

The round up is a one-stop shop for families hoping to get the school year started right and get their kids excited to learn.

“Nobody wants kids to fail because their parents don’t have the ability to help them,” Price said.

Officials say not a dollar of tax payer money is spent putting on the round-up. The event is staffed by volunteers and sponsored by area retailers.

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