With a new school year approaching the community is stepping up to help students be ready for the first day of school and a year of success.

Robstown ISD - On Friday, Aug. 4, the Robstown ISD back-to-school rally will be held at the Robstown Early College High School Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. There will be free backpacks, school supplies and free food. 

Abundant Life Christian Center of Alice – The church will give away 75 backpack with “basic starter kit” school supplies to members and guest children between the ages of 5 and 12 on Sunday, Aug. 6 during their 10 a.m. Service. Supplies are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Limit one backpack per child. Children must be present to received a backpack with school supplies. The church is located at 2489 North Texas Boulevard.

The Jim Wells County Juvenile Probation Department – The probation department will host their big event of the year — the 11th annual Back-to-School Bash — on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the JWC Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. Till 1 p.m. Anyone willing to donate money, school supplies or to be a vendor can call 361-668-5708 or go by their office located at 900 East First Street. Basic school supplies will be given out to children in need. Last year, there were more than 30 vendors passing out school supplies to more than 1,000 children. Any remaining school supplies will be taken to other towns throughout the county.

Church of Hope (Calallen) – On Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. Till 1 p.m. will have their back-to-school fair at 13024 Leopard Street. Free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, dental cleanings and more for children ages 5 through 17. For more information call 361-241-2472.

Primera Iglesia Bautista (San Diego) – Pastor Manuel Casso and members of Primera Iglesia Bautista invite the community to their back-to-school bash Saturday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. There will be games, songs, clowns, moon jumps and food, as well as free school supplies.