Qualifying students picked up bags of free school supplies on Thursday and Friday during Kilgore ISD’s One-Stop Registration event.

After completing registration at the Kilgore Primary campus, students and parents made their way to the cafeteria to make a stop at a table set up in front of more than 1,000 bags of supplies.

“We made 1,200 bags,” said Ruth Anne Camp Thursday, as she and others worked to locate and distribute the appropriate supply bags.

The school supplies giveaway, which is open to students from pre-K to 12th grade, has been an annual event at KISD for 13 years.

Supplies are donated, bagged and sorted by volunteers and then distributed at One-Stop. Students can qualify for the free supplies – which include paper, writing utensils, glue sticks and more – if they receive free or reduced-price lunches from the school.

Those at the supply table in the KPS cafeteria estimated they had already given out nearly 100 bags by 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Parents can be extremely grateful to receive the help when it comes to school supplies.

“We just had a mom cry,” said Sheila Arnold.

“This is the difference sometimes in kids going to school empty-handed or having something to take with them and that mom knew that.”

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