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Probation officers and juveniles work to give away 1000 bags of school supplies to area kids

Posted at 11:17 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 00:17:47-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — School supplies galore, is what Alice had this weekend at its annual Back-To-School Bash.

“We actually had 42 vendors who gave out school supplies,” said James Schmidt, director of the Jim Wells County Juvenile Probation Office.

Probation officers and juveniles in the county's program helped stage the event, setting up and stuffing 1000 bags with school goodies.

“We go out there Friday evening after we close and we set everything up and then Saturday morning we get there, we set the vendors up and then when it’s all over with we're left there to clean it up,” said Schmidt.

When the dust settled however, over 200 bags of school supplies were left over. Those supplies are now being divided up and probation officers are planning to make trips to surrounding school districts to help teachers and schools stock up for the new semester.

“Ben Bolt, Orange Grove, La Gloria, Premont and Alice,” said Schmidt. “They can use them as they see fit.”

Schmidt says not only are the probation officers to thank, but every juvenile who volunteered played a huge role in setting up the community with the resources to make the start of school go smoothly.

“We love it and we hope to do it again next year,” said Schmidt.