With the first day of school just a few weeks away, there's no better time than now to stock up on the school supplies, especially when they're free.
"It's good to know that we have people that care about kid's education and that actually want us to go on in school and help us out," said 8th grader Titanna Revill.
At a "Back to School Rally" held on July 22, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Larry Dean offered school supplies to students and stressed the importance of education.
"School hasn't been stressed enough by people in important places," said Dean. "Without the books, you can't play any sports, you know? School is first and foremost."
Parents say the school supply drive is a huge help.
"It really helps being in a time of recession," said parent Chanell Blue. "It helps get our kids the supplies they need, without us having to go out and buy it."
Parent Thornesia McCullough added, "It's always positive when you went to school in your hometown and graduated, you go off and become this hometown hero, so it's always awesome to come back and give to your community."
The fresh school supplies and festivities also helped set the mood for the upcoming school year.
"I see a lot of my friends and I haven't seen them all the time, and they're so happy to go back to school," said Revill.