Nearly 2,000 Native American students will get some help from The Tulalip Tribes to prepare for the coming school year.

They will attend the annual Tulalip Back to School Bash that takes place from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Don Hatch Youth Center located at 6700 Totem Beach Rd. in Tulalip.

Organizers are expecting around 1,750 Native American children to show up and receive a new backpack as well as some basic school supplies.

“This event allows us to celebrate going back to school and get them excited for their new school year,” Jessica Bustad said in an email. She is the education coordinator for the Tulalip Youth Services Education Department and helps organize the Back to School Bash. Students attending will enjoy fun activities, food, information booths and receive a haircut.

Backpacks and supplies are available for:

nTulalip Tribal member in grades kindergarten through 12.

nOther Native Americans enrolled in the Marysville School District.

nAge 3 and older who are enrolled at the Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy.

Tribal identification or tribal verification is required.

The event is sponsored by Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions, Tulalip Youth Services and Tulalip JOM.

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