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Running Start to School provides supplies to thousands of students

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In just 13 days classrooms all over southeast Minnesota will be filled with kids all geared up and ready to hit the books, and United Way of Olmsted County's Running Start for School makes sure that every student is prepared for their first day.

However, as summer winds down, the idea of heading back to class probably has most students feeling less than enthused and overwhelmingly nervous.

Students still have a little time left to enjoy some fun in the sun, but many could be seen filing in line Wednesday to get their hands on free gear at Running Start for School.

"You get all your supplies that you're going to use for your school and it helps you remember that you're going to go back to school soon," said Bilal Hrisi, an incoming seventh grader at John Adams Middle School.

It's events like this one that give them a spring in their step and arm them with the academic artillery they need, such as paper, pencils and folders.

"I don't care about summer -- I want to go back to school!" declares Willow Creek sixth grader, Kailee Holzer. But, there is one back to school essential that trumps all: the backpack.

"When they pick out their backpack they're really excited," said Bonnie Schultz of United Way of Olmsted County. "They walk out the door all fresh and happy to go off to school when school starts and with that excitement about learning and that's what we're trying to do."

The United Way of Olmsted County makes it a one-stop shop for 4,000 children, while making parents' pockets a little heavier.

"It saves a lot of money if you add it all up," said parent, Paris High of Rochester, who believes these essentials help her children succeed in the classroom.

"I'm also really looking forward to do really great in school and getting all my work done and staying on top of it," said High's son, Tristian Kintop.

Giving kids a running start, one backpack at a time.

"We do it every year. It helps everybody and it's nice to see it help everybody," said High.

Those eligible for the donations can head to the Rochester Community and Technical College field house Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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