For a lot of parents, getting kids ready for school means buying new supplies and new clothes.
But some parents in Moss Point are taking a new approach to getting their children ready to go back to school.
It's called "Rally by the River."
It's a program aimed at getting parents, teachers, and students excited about the upcoming school year.
The program, held Saturday, featured the Moss Point High School Band.
The band played to get these people in Moss Point on their feet and ready.
"They get us motivated, they get us energized, and that's what it's all about," Moss Point School District communications Myya Robinson says.
It's about getting ready for the coming up school year.
Parents learned about all subjects from state testing to foreign exchange.
But for Darryl and Lana Jackson, the program got them thinking about something four years from now, their son's college education.
Their son, Nicholas, has been playing saxophone for three years.
"He likes that, but we stress grades because college is not an option, it's a must," Darryl Jackson says.
Although Nicholas is only a freshmen this year, his father says the rally has taught him that now is the time to start preparing for his son's college education.
"Seeing what scholarships are out there and what's available for him," Jackson adds.
And Jackson says he needs to start saving money.
"Yes, yes, definitely yes!" Jackson laughs.
Though they can't quite decide if he's going to study medicine or music.
The Jackson's say they just want to make sure they do everything right so nothing goes wrong for Nicholas.
"We want him to come out of high school and go straight into college.
We want to give him that extra step that we may not have had," Jackson says.
Today's event was supposed to be held in downtown Moss Point. However rain forced it indoors to the High School.