Thousands of Indiana families end summer break with back to school family day

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Summer break is nearing its end with kids heading back to class in just a few weeks. On Saturday morning, thousands started on the right track, picking up supplies and health screenings at the 14th Annual Back-to-School Family Day hosted by Covering Kids & Families of Central Indiana and The Marion County Public Health Department.

10-year-old Faith Webster is welcoming fifth grade with gratitude and a smile. She and her mom Melanie stuffed a backpack full of the essentials Saturday morning.

Like so many families, the first day of school snuck its way in with just days to spare.

"It's a good start for her since she starts school on Monday," Melanie Webster said.

Melanie's family is now ready with notebooks, crayons, pencils and Faith's favorite, books.

"The coolest thing that I got today was the books. I love books," Faith Webster said.

For 14 years families have lined the block, itching to start the new school year on the right foot.

"We serve the whole family, children, grandparents, just the whole family," said Pamela Humes, Director for Covering Kids & Families of Central Indiana.

"We started doing this a few years ago, we help people get signed up for health coverage. And we discovered that many of those families were having difficulty getting school supplies for their kids," Humes said.

But not today, and not this year.

"This was my first time experiencing it and it was well worth it. Especially all of the information that they offer adults and mothers," Melanie Webster said.

For many Indiana students, there's only about a week left of summer vacation. Several districts including IPS, head back the week of August 4th.

Anyone who missed the event but still wants help with insurance or immunizations can call 317-221-3178.