Back to School

The backpacks were stuffed and ready. Packages of bright crayons, new pencils, folders, rulers, composition books and erasers, were organized and arranged for the annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Back-To-School Fair at Grapevine High School.

Last Saturday morning, volunteers from GRACE and the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber, were lined up and prepared to hand out more than a thousand bundles of school supplies and backpacks to families in our area who are unable to afford supplies for their little ones.

The weather had different ideas.

While a good number families braved the rain, estimates are over 1,200 elementary, middle school and high school students will have new school supplies to start the school year next week.

This week, GRACE caseworkers are busy continuing to help families with their school supplies and back-to-school clothing as well.

Typically, GRACE plans to serve around 350 additional students each year whose families were unable to attend the fair for various reasons.

“We will see families who couldn’t attend the fair,” said Stacy Pacholick, GRACE Chief Program Officer. “And school counselors will refer a number of students to us who transferred into the district, or who have little ones in Pre-K or Kindergarten who may not have known about the fair.”

GRACE wants to thanks all those volunteered to serve at the fair, and all those many donors, church groups, civic and social clubs, individuals  and local businesses that collected and provided supplies for the fair.

For more information, contact Marcela Melendez at