Some Significant Changes For 2019 Tarrant County Back To School Roundup

Andrew Greenstein
July 10, 2019 - 4:34 pm
Betsy Price

Andrew Greenstein

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Summer may have just gotten underway, but the new school year is just around the corner.

As such, registration is open for the 15th annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup.

And this year, there are some big changes.

For one, the location — it moves from the Will Rogers Memorial Center to the Tarrant County College South Campus.

“We are so excited to be hosting here on this beautiful campus this year,” says Chris Zimmer, acting board president. “And we hope that this is a beginning of a long prosperous partnership.”

Pre-registration is now open online through July 26th, and starting this year, eligible families may pre-register at any Tarrant County sub-courthouse during normal business hours.

There will also be two pre-registration events in Fort Worth — Saturday, July 20, 9:00-noon at the Tarrant County Resource Connection at 2300 Circle Dr., and Saturday, July 27, 10:00-noon at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 4100 Blue Mound Rd.

There will be on-site registration available this year, but eligible families are strongly encouraged to pre-register to guarantee the availability of a backpack stocked with school supplies.

While the venue may have changed, the roundup’s core mission remains the same.

“They can get free haircuts, they get free school supplies,” says Zimmer. “They also get amazing information about their school districts, about social services, and a whole array of health and dental services will be here to help them get started on the right foot for their school year.”

Mayor Betsy Price says the roundup has been instrumental in helping get kids from low-income households off to a good start for the school year.

“Every child should be on equal footing in the classroom,” says Mayor Price. “Every child should have the supplies, the physicals, the haircut, the screening.”

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley says the roundup plays a very important role.

“Approximately 20% of the Tarrant County school kids now live below the poverty level,” Judge Whitley says. “Kids who have their school supplies in hand, they've got a new haircut, they're ready to go to school — they're just a whole lot more confident and excited about going instead of going in and (thinking), ‘Maybe we don't have everything we need.’”

The 15th annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup takes place Thursday, August 8, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Those planning on attending should park in parking lots 2 or 3 and enter at the student center.

In addition to the student center, the roundup will be held in the gym, the rotunda and the science center.