Two area school supply events are planned Saturday — one for Denton County schoolchildren to pick up supplies and one for personnel of two Denton district schools in the Shady Shores area to collect supplies for their classrooms.
The Southeast Denton annual back-to-school event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
Organizers say they intend to distribute backpacks and school supplies to about 500 schoolchildren in the county. The event will include food, games and health and vision screenings. The Denton Police Department will give away 10 bicycles to children at the event.
Supplies are being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers said. Adults must present valid identification and children must be present, according to officials.
“The reason why we do this every [year] is because we want to help those families out in the Denton community that may be going through a hardship and just need supplies for their children,” said Bobby Givens, supervisor at the recreation center.
The average family with children in kindergarten through 12th grade is expected to spend $669.28 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics in preparation for the new school year, according to a National Retail Federation 2014 back-to-school survey.
Denton school district officials reported earlier this summer that the district completed the last week of the 2013-14 school year with 11,399 of its 26,200 students qualifying for free or reduced-cost lunches. Students from low-income households qualify for these assistance programs.
Givens said everyone is invited to participate in Saturday’s event.
The recreation center is at 1300 Wilson St. For more information, call 940-349-8575.
“We want people to come out and just enjoy the day,” Givens said. “We just want all those families to come out and enjoy themselves for a few hours at the center.”
In Shady Shores, the Shady Shores Baptist Church women’s ministry is hosting a brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for teachers and staff members of Myers Middle School and Stephens Elementary School.
This is the second year the women’s ministry at the church has hosted the event, said Raylene Price, a member of the group.
Teachers and staff members from the two schools will be given bags to collect donated school supplies for their classrooms, she said.
“It’s something that’s very, very dear to our hearts,” Price said.