LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Hundreds of people gathered at Ivy Tech for the Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo Back to School Rally Saturday morning.
This is the fifth year for the event that gives backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need.
Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo partnered with Ivy Tech and the Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho to hold the event.
Donations from local businesses and community members helped to purchase the supplies.
Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo secretary Justine McFall said the event does more than give school supplies.
Students and their families received important information from more than 18 community service vendors.
“It gives great information for the parents. So if they’re having a hard time with something, they know an outlet they can go to and get the help they need,” said McFall.
Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo president Jesse Moore said the importance of the event has grown over the last five years.
“When we get here to start setting up at 7 o’clock in the morning, there’s already a line,” said Moore. “So, that kind of indicates the need and the impact that we’re having on the community.”
Last year, the drive gave more than 300 backpacks with school supplies to children in need. This year more than 500 children benefited from the Back to School Rally.