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Two thousand line up at Elizabethton's third Back to School Bash

Ninety volunteers from East River Park Christian Church helped hand out more than 1,000 backpacks at Elizabethton's Back to School Bash. (WCYB/Caleb Perhne)

Long lines of parents and students formed outside Elizabethton High School Saturday waiting for school supplies.

Micah Estep brought her kids, Jagger and Meilah. They were among the 2,000 people at the event.

"Last year, we had already purchased some things before we found out about this event,” Estep said. “It was over $100 for both the children."

It's the Elizabethton's third Back to School Bash. They gave away a thousand backpacks. Local churches and businesses donated to make it happen. East River Park Christian Church brought 90 people to help hand them out.

"Each year, it seems like our supply list grows, so we were trying to take some of that burden off our parents by supplying and giving back to our parents and our students,” Deputy Director of Schools Myra Newman said.

For the first time, this year it's open for students outside of Elizabethton schools. Those backpacks were filled with supplies: pencils, paper, binders, glue, all to help kids start school on the right foot.

They weren’t just giving away backpacks and school supplies at the event, they also gave away free haircuts and food.

"This gives us a chance to get to know our students, not in a classroom setting but out in the community so we can build relationships with them,” Newman said.

Booths at the event gave kids a place to get information about college, health care, and to just have fun. Elizabethton police officers hosted an obstacle course, and there were inflatables.

"Probably the most important thing is getting to know the teachers,” Estep said.

Now, her kids are ready to start the school year with new backpacks in hand.

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