A back to school extravaganza for Houston kids

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HOUSTON - It's a back to school extravaganza for those who need it the most.
The HISD homeless education office, along with Bethel's Place Community Center and the Houston Food Bank, are making it a little easier for kids and families to start the school year right.

Linda Davis of Bethel's Place explained, "We're providing backpacks and school supplies, we're providing free shoes for everybody that comes in, that are in HISD. We're also providing medical services such as vaccines."

Jazire Massingill starts school on Monday, "When they give out stuff, it makes you feel comfortable and makes you feel good."
This is an event we put on every year for families who are at risk, who are struggling, some families who are in transition and we try to make it a little easier for parents to get students prepared for the school year," according to Ilka Rosado of HISD's Homeless Education Office.

Over 6,000 of HISD's students were identified as living in homeless situations last year. Events like this, help, at least a little.

Alfreda Barnett said, "It is very important, especially for the kids that are in need and they community so I'm very thankful that we were selected to come out."

Margaret Mitchell is appreciative of the help, "You have a lot of disadvantaged kids that this is really helping and giving them the self-esteem and pride to want to enter into school on Monday."

Even Clutch, the Houston Rockets mascot, made a special appearance. A great start, to a new year in school.