To help the community prepare for the new academic school year, State Presentative Abel Herrero held Nueces County's third annual School Supply Giveaway on Thursday in Robstown High School's Auditorium.

600 backpacks filled with supplies were given to students along with additional supplies provided by St. Benedict's Home Health Inc., United Healthcare, Wesley Community Center and other community partners. Free immunizations were given with no expense to parents while supplies lasted.

Nueces County resident Michelle Leal took her three children to the School Supply Giveaway.

"I've never been to something like this, but I recently got laid off," Leal said. "This will come in handy for my kids' supplies."

State Representative Herrero said it's important for students to have the supplies necessary while in school.

"If they have to worry supplies, they can't focus on learning," Herrero said. "This is our effort to take the concern about materials away so they concentrate in the classroom."

Herrero said the giveaway has distributed more supplies each year than the last with the help of community partners.

Executive Director of Wesley Community Center Melinda Faughn said the agency has been in Robstown more than 72 years.

"Abel Herrero went to Wesley and to see him and everyone else give back is awesome," she said. "When this came up, we couldn't say no because this is what we do. We wanted to help kids get ready for school."