New Story: Back to School with One Voice, One Purpose

    Haircuts, backpacks, school supplies, vision and hearing screenings… it’s back to school time and there’s so much to do. 
    Wouldn’t it be great if parents and families could get it all done in one place? 
    Well, in the Arlington ISD, they can at the Back to School Kickoff — a huge family event that draws over 10,000 people each year and features more than 100 community partners.
    Parents love how the event provides a “one-stop shop” for all their back to school needs and district leaders are thrilled that it’s creating a deeper connection with the community.
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