‘SCHOOL IS COOL’: Annual event gives parents and students a fresh start to the first day


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The City of Tyler and Tyler Police Department hosted the “School is Cool!” event Thursday evening at the Rose Garden and Harvey Hall.

It is the sixth year for the event and it is meant to help children and parents prepare for the new school year.

Parents and students started lining up around 10 a.m., waiting for their turn. Looking in the crowd, you could see eager and excited faces like Gwendolyn Smith.

“Well, I’m here to get supplies for my two girls. One is in the second and the other one is in Head Start,” says Smith.

Her two children, just as excited as their mom, looking forward to things “like a backpack and a lunch box” says one excited, listing a couple of items on their list.

“To give the people you know that’s less fortunate a chance to have the supplies that the kids need in school and you know the ones that are not able to get it and I’m just grateful to be here for my two,” explains Smith

This is Smith’s 2nd year coming to the event and says if it didn’t happen, buying school supplies would be a struggle.

“Mine would probably have to get those from the school because I’m not able to afford it. You know I have two so that’s 40-50 dollars for me that I don’t have,” explains Smith.

Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to the first 2,000 school-aged children in line. Each backpack was filled with school supplies, including notebook paper, pencils, and markers.

Every student was given a ticket, and when the doors opened, it was time for families to see why “School is Cool.”

“We’re just trying to help them prepare and take one thing off their plate to where they can focus that the student is ready to focus on their academics,” says Latoya Young, the Chair of the event.

It’s a mission that’s filled with every backpack given away.

“Seeing the smile on that kids face when they get the backpack, they’re so appreciative, they’re so happy to have that brand new thing that belongs to just them,” says Young.

Just in time for a new school year.

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