Back to School Bash on Tucson's east side

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Saturday, community leaders, firefighters, police and volunteers helped hundreds of kids prepare for their first day of school.

Bags of school supplies were handed out at the Back to School Bash on Tucson's east side.

Highlighters, backpacks, paper, all the necessities for a successful school year.

Council member Shirley Scott and other volunteers managed supplies While firefighters cooked up breakfast.

Tucson fire personnel also handed out free bike helmets and taught the little ones to signal and obey traffic signs.

For many families, gearing up for class can be costly.

"The binders that we're about to get are so expensive i mean those alone are five dollars a piece and when you multiply that in a family like mine where you have multiple kids, it adds up so fast," said parent Peggy Drotty.

Kids enjoyed summer's last hoorah before hitting the books and parents found relief in a helping hand.

This was the 11th year of the Back to School Bash at the Clements Center, where families also got a little break from the heat, the pool was opened for a free swim day.