As the first day of school inches closer, the 23rd Mayor’s Back to School Fair will provide school supplies for up to 15,000 qualifying Dallas school children from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 2 at the Centennial Building at Fair Park.
Newly elected Dallas mayor Eric Johnson today unveiled details and kicked off the pre-registration drive.
“The Mayor’s Back To School Fair has become a staple and a great tradition for Dallas families, filling in the gaps and playing an important role in ensuring our kids are ready to roll their first day of school,” Johnson said. “I heard how the Fair has helped thousands of Dallas families over the years and, as the newly elected mayor, I’m thrilled to step in and continue all the great work that Mayor Rawlings and other mayors have done, not only with the Fair but with supporting education.”
Johnson also is encouraging the public to support education by donating online to provide school supply packets and backpacks for children the day of the Fair. One backpack is $21, and tax-deductible donations to the Mayor’s Back to School Fair may be made at https://mei.kimbia.com/mbtsf.
With approximately 35,000 expected to attend, the Fair offers families everything they need to prepare for the school year including free school supplies for Dallas schoolchildren who meet eligibility requirements.
Walmart will conduct free vision screenings for children and offer general health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose checks. Texas A&M University College of Dentistry will provide free dental screenings for students and oral health information for everyone, plus fluoride applications, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to students.
Dallas County Health & Human Services will provide free immunizations; the National Kidney Foundation will offer kidney health screenings, and Positive Breathing will offer asthma screenings. Cedric B’s Barber and Beauty Salon and Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails will offer free haircuts to students. Essilor Vision Foundation will be on site conducting eye exams and providing eyeglasses for children at no cost to qualifying families. In addition, Undies for Everyone will hand out six pairs of underwear to children (first come, first served) and Half Price Books will give away 10,000 books.
In addition, Undies for Everyone will hand out six pairs of underwear to children and Half Price Books will be giving away 10,000 books.
Eligible families who qualify for free school supplies are encouraged to pre-register at events held throughout Dallas in July. Families can also register at the Fair Aug. 2.