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Thousands prepare to head back to the classroom at Back to School Bonanza

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The back to school countdown has kicked-off in Lufkin with a bonanza, giving students everything they need before heading back to the classroom.

"There's nothing little about it, it's amazing, it's a one stop shop," said LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin Superintendent.

Saturday, the Lufkin Junior League hosted their 3rd Annual Back to School Bonanza, the organization partnered with various community organizations to help families in need.

Families were prescreened prior to the event and 2,000 kids received health screenings, immunizations and school supplies for no cost at all.

"She got her eye test and she got her teeth checked," said Robert Anthony, parent.

"It's been a wonderful community effort we've been able to go to other churches other organizations Angelina Pediatrics and the Children's Clinic has donated all the immunizations for free," said Hilary Haglund Walker, Chair, Back to School Bonanza.

Officials say the bonanza is about more than passing out school supplies but filling a need in the community.

"School supplies are going up just like the cost of gas and groceries; everything is going up and that is really hard on families," said Walker.

14-year-old Cameron Vanhemert came to the bonanza with his mom and two siblings and says the event is making back to school shopping easier on his family.

"It's cool because they can get their school supplies and the parents don't have to pay for nothing," said Cameron Vanhemert, 8th grade.

And officials say taking care of these needs before the school gives families time to focus on what's most important, education.

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