The back to school countdown clock is ticking, with most Central Ohio School Districts just three weeks away from buses rolling out.
Moms and dads are already on the move and in search of school supplies.
That list adds up fast - clothes plus shoes plus supplies plus electronics. The National Retail Federation estimates that the average family will spend nearly $700 getting ready for the new school year.
If you're a parent with sticker shock over that number, you're not alone, but there is help out there.
The Junior League of Columbus helps parents by giving them backpacks filled with pencils, notebooks, and other items they'll need. It’s done through their "A Backpack For Children" program. Volunteers help raise money all year that goes towards school supplies. The league works directly with city schools.
They work with the principles in each school, to ask them how many students are in need of backpacks and supplies each year.
This school year, the Junior League will provide 5,000 backpacks for kids.