KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) If you have kids you know, the start of fall means back to school and freshly sharpened pencils, new notebooks and boxes filled with crayons. But all of those supplies add up, meaning the average family with school aged kids spend more than $630 this time of year.
The National Retail Federation says that spending will be down this year, but still the second biggest spending period behind Christmas.
For families with financial hardships, east Tennessee offers several programs distributing free supplies and services to make back to school easier.
Marbleade Baptist Church on Thorngrove Pike will host a free school supplies event Friday, August 2nd at six p.m. Every child gets free supplies and the whole family can enjoy free hot dogs, chips and drinks together. All are welcome.
Visit Knoxville Center Mall for City on a Hill Church's Back to School Carnival. In addition to free supplies, join other families for fun with inflatables, music and games. The event runs from 11 a.m. to five p.m.
Knox County's annual Back to School Bash will once again be at the Knoxville Expo Center. Find vendors offering free supplies at this free event running from three to six p.m.