Thousands of Fayette county school children and their families turned out at back-to-school rallies held across the county today.
"These rallies get us off to such a great start every year and it's an exciting time for us," said Fayette County School Superintendent Stu Silberman.
Dozens of the rallies were held across the district. Each rally provided families with games and food. Free school supplies were also handed out. In all, 8,000 bags full of school supplies were distributed.
"This allows kids to come into school without all the apprehension and gets them off to a good start and that helps them for learning in the long run," said Arlington Elementary principal Kim Lippert.
Julie Parton has two children who will be attending Arlington this year. She says the free supplies really helped out her family during a difficult time.
"I think it's wonderful, the community gets together to help everyone out and we really need it so it's very much appreciated," she said.
School officials are hopeful with this type of event, kids are ready to hit the books next week. School starts on Wednesday, August 11th.