Christine Finnegan – Guest Contributor
Jul 11 2019
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Free one-stop shop to provide school supplies for approximately 10,000 qualifying Tarrant County children,
plus dental, health and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts, information, services and more

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 11, 2019) –Get ready to get schooled on August 8th Tarrant County!  The 15th annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup is taking place, from 8am-2pm, at its new location: Tarrant County Community College South Campus. Also new this year, families, who meet eligibility guidelines, can register the day of the event!  Event online pre-registration, which is highly recommended, is taking through July 26, or at pre-registration events being held throughout Tarrant County (see schedule below for locations and times.)  For details, call 2-1-1 or visit

This annual event is instrumental is preparing Tarrant County children for a successful school year and is presented by the Sid Richardson Foundation. Roundup is a one-stop shop to prepare the whole family for the start of school. It provides students with free school supplies as well as health, dental and vision screenings, sports physicals, eye exams, immunizations, haircuts and information on education, health and social services. The event is free and open to eligible families who reside in Tarrant County.

“The costs associated with getting our kids ready for school can quickly add up, especially for lower-income families,” said Chris Zimmer, Tarrant County Back to School Round Up Acting President Board of Directors. “That’s why Roundup is so important for Tarrant County. If we can allay the financial onus on families while at the same time ensuring our children are equipped with all necessary tools, then we’re setting them up for success. To the businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions that have joined forces with us, we thank for elevating our communities to a standard that our children deserve.”

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price have encouraged everyone to support the effort, whether through volunteering, sponsoring, donating money or hosting a physical or online “Fill the Backpack” drive. Funded entirely by private donations and in-kind contributions, Roundup is a collaborative effort between Tarrant County and its 20 school districts, its municipalities, public health department, state agencies, nonprofits, corporate sponsors and volunteers.

An abundance of educational information, in English and Spanish, will be offered at community resource booths focused on literacy, parenting, nutrition, financial literacy, fire safety and social services. Representatives from Tarrant County schools will be on hand to answer questions and distribute materials on reading programs, psychological and social services, and family literacy. 

Acceptable qualifying documents are: Picture ID includes Texas state driver’s license, state identification card, military identification card, foreign consulate-issued identification (i.e. Matricula Consular), school or employer work identification card, or church ID card. Tarrant County proof of residency includes June, July or August 2019 utility bill (electricity, water, phone or gas) showing applicant name and current address, or letter from landlord or apartment Management Company, on company letterhead, indicating proof of residency during June, July or August 2019. Proof of Income may be verified using paycheck stubs from June, July or August 2019; a letter dated in June, July or August 2019 on agency or company letterhead from an employer, welfare office, caseworker, or Social Security Administration Office indicating annual income and signed by an agent of the company or agency (letter must include contact phone number for verification); or letter or card showing participation or enrollment in Medicaid, SNAP, unemployment, disability or school free lunch program. Documents used to show proof of qualification may be printed copies, electronic/email copies or photos shown from a phone.

The event’s major sponsor is Sid W. Richardson Foundation. Other sponsors are JPS Community Outreach, TXU Energy, Ryan Foundation, UNT Health Science, Aetna, Cigna, BNSF, Tarrant County Credit Union, Linnebarger Goggan, Pacheo Koch and Coca Cola

Community partners are Asthma 411; Essilor Vision Foundation; Fort Worth ISD; Frost Bank; Half Price Books; Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County; Medstar Emergency Medical Services; Ogle School of Hair and Nails – Arlington; Ogle School of Hair and Nails – Hurst; Ogle School of Hair and Nails – Fort Worth; Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation; Tarrant County Public Health; Texas A&M University College of Dentistry; and United Way of Tarrant County/2-1-1.

Media partners are Fox 4 and Fox 4 More, Univision 23, Unimas 49, Greensheet Media, 106.1 KISS FM, K104, Smooth R&B 105.7, 97.9 the Beat, Majic 94.5, La Jefa 99.1 FM, Que Buena 94.1 FM, 92.1 Hank FM, 95.9 The Ranch, and KYDA 101.7 Air1.

For more information and to register for the Back To School Round Up, visit or call 2-1-.




July 15-July 26

Registration at all Tarrant County

Sub Courthouses during regular business hours

Wednesday, July 10; 9:45-11:15 a.m.

Tarrant County College South Campus

Saturday, July 20; 9-Noon
Tarrant County Resource Connection
2300 Circle Dr. (Conference Center), Fort Worth, TX 76119

Saturday, July 27; 10 a.m.-Noon
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church,

Parish Hall
4100 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76106