LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The start of the school year for Jefferson County and other area districts are just days away and community events around town are making sure each child is prepared.

Several members of Metro Council sponsored a Back to School Fest at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in the Okolona neighborhood.

Council members handed out 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Students also had the option of getting free sports physicals.

"When you look at the sports physicals, they cost $79 at some of the places. $39 and families can't afford that. And, it's a really good opportunity for whatever they need to start school right in one place.,” Barbara Shanklin, District 2 councilwoman, said.

That event was free with council members partnering with First Neighborhood Place to make it happen.

Across the way in the Portland neighborhood, Norton Healthcare also took part in back to school events.

The healthcare giant hosted their second annual Unity Jam.

The Molly Leonard Portland Community Center was host to health screenings, backpack giveaways, food, music and games.

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Community members participate in the Unity Jam at Portland Park on Aug. 11. 2018.

"We think it's a great way to begin good habits around health. We think it's a great way to bring the community together. And, we think it's a great way to kick off getting ready for a great school year," Norton Healthcare President and CEO Russell Cox said.

Norton Healthcare managed to fill more than 750 backpacks.

They hope to keep the Unity Jam a tradition for many more years.