Hundreds of students in Grundy, Marion, and Sequatchie County were able to get free school supplies.

The first family got there an hour and a half before the doors opened to make sure their student had the supplies they need.

They say this program relieves the burden that comes from the first day of school which is less than two weeks away.

Susan Porter and her family are one of more than one hundred people looking to get a few free school supplies for their children.

She says she is on a fixed income and she has to do what she has to do to ensure her students get what they need.

“It's very hard and very expensive,” said Porter. “We are on disability so it's really hard.”

Three of her children go to Sequatchie County High, the other goes to the middle school, and she has a grandson who will be going to Head Start.

Different organizations set up their donated school supplies in the gym. 

Tristi Bond says they had enough supplies for 500 students. She says this is an area where more than 26% of the population is below the poverty level.

“So this is a really help with that,” said Tristi Bond. “It really helps those families that may need a little bit of extra help with school supplies.”

Porter says her family comes to this event every year and it means a lot for their finances.

Volunteers provided students with free hearing and vision screenings.

They also got free haircuts.

“For some students, this is the only haircut they will have all year so this definitely lets them feel refreshed,” said Bond.

Bond says all of this can make a student more confident in the classroom.

The final stop in this fair is to pick out a few items of clothing.

Porter says this can be the most challenging.

“I mean they do have some clothes, but my oldest son is growing so much that his size is change so much,” said Porter.

If you live in Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, or Sequatchie Counties, or attend Richard Hardy Memorial Schools, plan to get in line early for free school supplies. 

Those supplies include pencils, paper, backpacks, and other school essentials. 

Organizers say you need to get in line early because once supplies run out they will be done for the day. 

Here is a list of times and locations: 

Tuesday, July 23

  • Grundy Co. High School 9:00  a.m. - Noon
  • Sequatchie Co. High School 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Richard Harding Memorial School 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Thursday, July 25

  • Bledsoe County High School  9:00 a.m. - Noon 

Tuesday, July 30

  • Jasper First Baptist Church (Marion Co.) 9:00 a.m. - Noon