Published: Jul 27, 2014 7:09 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2014 10:02 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Today's a big day for local kids getting ready to head back to the classroom.

The BIG Backpack Event runs from 11-3 at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. In its 15th year, the Multicultural Centre of SWFL will be able to provide backpacks, school supplies and more to a record 2,500 students ages 5-12. 

Guests will enjoy live multicultural youth entertainment on the main stage, including hip-hop, salsa, and Irish step dance. There will be inflatable bounce houses and slides, face painting, a book mobile, haircuts and fingerprinting. More than fifty vendors will offer other giveaways, games and items for sale, including uniforms, pens, pencils, educational products, healthcare, books, and more.

The BIG Backpack Event is hosted every year by the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida to celebrate diversity in our community while supporting students and families in need. School supplies and backpacks can add up to big money that families simply do not have. The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida wants to make sure every student regardless of income or race has a new backpack and school supplies, and can start the first day of school with a smile, confidence and pride.