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      KidsFest prepares 6,000 backpacks for students

      Organizers of KidsFest had parents and students in line outside the Civic Center since 6:30 a.m., ready to shop...for free.

      More than 6,000 West Texas A&M University backpacks were filled with everything back-to-school, and by the end of the day there weren't too many left.

      "There's spirals, crayons, paper, folders," Becky Zenor said. "Everything is tailored by grade."

      For parents school supplies don't come cheap. Lana Miller has two sons, and said she spends $50 or more each year on just one child.

      "This is our first time at this event," Miller said. "Some parents just can't afford school supplies, or they're just having an issue and they can only get a little."

      Pronews 7's Lindsey Stiner and Chelsea Goss also attended the event to read to groups of students in Heritage Hall, as most made their way through tables and tables of school supplies.

      "Education is key for our community and we want to let these kids know how much we care about them and how much we care about their education," Zenor said.