School Supplies are Available for Families in Need

The first day of class for Lufkin students is August 27th. If you still have a lot of items on your child's school supply list to buy, there are several East Texas groups that are providing those items - at no cost - for qualifying families.

The Junior League of Lufkin will hand out backpacks full of pencils, crayons and markers for kids in need the week before school starts.

J.L.L. Vice President Shelly Slaton said, "We deliver our school supplies to all schools in our entire county - every school in Angelina County, primary through high school-age students - and that allows the parent to be able to go directly to the counselor on that campus and request the supplies."

The Salvation Army and several Lufkin churches are also providing area kids with free school supplies. Check with your local church to see if they are participating.

The annual tax free weekend is quickly approaching and this year, the holiday falls closer to the first day of school.

The Annual Sales Tax Holiday is usually held the first weekend in August, but this year it falls on the third weekend of this month. New this year, parents may now by backpacks without having to pay sales tax.

Bookbags that cost less than $100 are exempt from state and local sales taxes. So are children's and adult clothing and shoes priced at $99 or less.

The ninth Annual Sales Tax Holiday is August 17-19. School starts the following week.