The track record for the past six years has been faultless — 100 percent community support for the families of students heading back to school who need a bit of a boost.

The seventh annual Back 2 School Festival is little more than a month away — the event will be held Aug. 10 at Watauga High School — but organizers are now working to raise more than $20,000 to match what has already been donated toward a $47,000 goal.

That goal is ambitious, but so is the need. Event officials this year expect to help 1,200 returning students, an increase above the 2018 festival that assisted more than 1,000 students and families with school supplies and other essentials.

Across Watauga County there are families struggling to properly feed their children, and thoughts of school supplies come in a dim second to that burden.

It was from this need that the Back 2 School Festival was born. And, it was from this need that the community has ever since risen to the occasion. To donate, volunteer or become a sponsor, learn more about the festival at or call (828) 434-0399.

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