CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The seventh annual Back to School Bash was held at the Sprint Pavilion Saturday morning to help hundreds of students get the free school supplies they need to start the school year. 

The Back to School Bash took place at its usual location this year, after last year’s event was cancelled due to the violent events in August. But organizers did not allow that obstacle to stop them for helping students. "It got cancelled last year because parents were calling and somewhat afraid and instead of coming here. We had to deliver packages of school supplies from my church to the different schools," said the Reverend Doctor Alvin Edwards.

Event organizers were happy to be able to hold the event in the planned location. "We don't have any drama and it allows a good time for fellowship and good conversation for people in the community who may not get the chance to meet each other, but it also allowed parents to meet their teacher and principals at various schools," said Edwards.  

While picking up school supplies, parents had the opportunity to meet their students’ teachers for the school year.

Velvet Coleman, the Student and Family Engagement Facilitator of Charlottesville City Schools, said, "We're trying to bridge the gap and form family and community partnerships. We want learning to continue in the homes after school ends." 

Teachers, organizers and volunteers say it is a community effort to help students in the Charlottesville area succeed.

"We are encouraging families to be advocates for their children, being engaged, knowing what’s going on in school," said Coleman. 

More than 1,200 boxes of school supplies and 900 backpacks were given out Saturday at the Back to School Bash.