Students, residents, volunteers and Austin ISD officials got ready for the upcoming school year Saturday at the 13th Back to School Bash, an annual event that offers free backpacks to about 4,500 students as well as health screenings and information about area resources.

Executive director of communications Reyne Telles said the district estimated a turnout of about 10,000 people at the event and that the district had more backpacks to give out than in the past. The first person in line arrived at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning even though the event began at noon, he said.

During a news conference at the event, Superintendent Paul Cruz said the event emphasizes what Austin ISD is about—family, community and education.