FARGO, N.D. -

Thanks to the United Way, more than 5,000 students are ready to head back to school.
 
The group hosted its second and finale school supply drive at the FargoDome.


Kids in need in Cass and Clay Counties were able to get free backpacks filled with supplies ranging from glue sticks and markers to notebooks for older students.


The United Way collected 5,300 backpacks this year.

Organizers say they provide a bigger boost to kids than just preparing them for class.

"While school supplies are just things, they're also things of self-confidence," says United Way marketing director Kristina Hein. "So when they fit in with their peers, they're excited to go to school. They feel like they can take on the world when they're not sticking out and they're not feeling inadequate among all their peers."
 
Any leftover backpacks will be given to local schools or non-profits that work with children.