It was a sight to see Wednesday morning. Two hours before opening, hundreds of parents and children lined the Kirksville Primary School sidewalk waiting for free school supplies.
Every student needs school supplies, but not all have access to them.
More than 500 families were helped Wednesday afternoon. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville held its 23rd annual Back to School Fair. The church gave away more than 650 packs of school supplies to students all the way from preschool to the 12th grade.
â??We were able to give food kits as well and so the joy on their face and to hear the thank you's and to know that we're doing exactly what we need to be doing with these school kids is awesome,â?? said Coordinator Mandy Wiedeman.
Wiedeman said there are so many families in need.
â??I think the need is just getting greater and greater in our community,â?? Wiedeman said. â??The school supply list is more and more expensive each year. We're needing to help those who need it.â??
For the second year in a row, the United Way of Adair County and Northeast Missouri teamed up with the church and held its Health and Safety Fair. Students were able to get quick eye and dental screenings and parents also received information on activities to keep their kids active during the school year.
Wiedeman said if you were not able to make it out Wednesday to call the church and they will let you know if there are any items still available.