“Don’t you love Fort Worth in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” — Joe Fox, You’ve Got Mail (well, if he was not fictional and lived in Funkytown) Photo courtesy Pinterest.

It’s true. The coming weeks mark the annual preparation time for going back to school. With the kids no longer underfoot, thoughts turn to new careers, early retirement, and self-improvement in general. Personally, I just want new school/office supplies. With all that in mind, here are some back-to-school ideas.


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From 4am to 6pm Wed, Aug 4, visit Greenbriar Community Center (5200 Hemphill St, Fort Worth, 817-392-6270) for the Back-to-School Bash. The public is invited to pick up free school supplies, including backpacks, erasers, pencils, pencil cases, and notepads while supplies last. For more information, visit


Every fall, Navy MWR (2750 Desert Storm Rd, NAS JRB, Fort Worth, 817-782-7762) — which stands for “Morale, Welfare, Recreation” for us non-military types — hosts a Pack-to-School Bash. At 4pm-9pm Thu, kids will receive a backpack filled with school supplies at this drive-thru event. Supplies are limited, so before attending, please visit


At 1pm-4pm Sat, the Urban Creative Center (291 Executive Way, Ste 100, Desoto, 469-999-5342) is hosting a Pop-Up Shop & School Supply Drive. Vendors include small businesses and kidpreneurs with items for sale, food available for purchase, and free school supplies, plus entertainment by DJ JLon. This event is free to attend. Face masks are encouraged.


With school starting now thru early September, there are more happenings to come. To submit your back-to-school event, email