City of Meridian puts on third annual Back to School Bash

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - School is back in session but many students are still needing school supplies.

The city of Meridian helped out those students who may not have all the supplies they need for school by putting on the third annual Back to School Bash.

"A lot of families, some of them, may not have all that they need once they go back to school,” says Meridian Mayor Percy Bland.

There was music, food and of course, school supplies. Various organizations from all over Meridian, including many sororities, clubs and vendors, volunteered to hand out paper, notebooks, and binders - anything the students might need in the classroom.

"When I reached out to them, no questions were asked. They wanted to come and give back to the community. That's what this is all about in Meridian. That's what we strive to do,” says Athletic Director Thomas Adams.

Teachers from T.J. Harris Upper Elementary say this bash not only helps out the kids and their parents, but also the teachers.

"School supplies for families with more than one child can get very expensive around this time. We use all the supplies that is put on the list so this is good for us as well,” says teacher Duanika Emerson.

Organizers say this event grows every year and have seen the impact it has on the student’s families.

"It really does help a lot with some of the parents because it minimizes the cost. If a family has four or five kids, it does minimize the cost that parents have to spend,” says Adams.

In addition to the Back to School Bash, a health fair was put on by the Greater Meridian Health Clinic. The health fair included fitness demonstrations, free health screenings and healthy information.