Heads up! For eligible families, the 16th annual Mayor’s Back-To-School Fair will be presented Thursday, August 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Automobile and Centennial buildings at Fair Park. In other words, if your household income impresses your neighbors, this one probably doesn’t impact you.
What’s gonna be offered? If you’re into getting your kids educated, plenty. There’s “free school supplies for nearly 15,000 qualifying Dallas school children,” haircuts, entertainments, kids activities and healthcare like dental and vision screenings and immunizations.
The free school supplies are available “ONLY” to those who meet specific eligibility requirements requiring photo ID, proof of residency and proof of income.
The deadline for pre-registration is Saturday, July 28, so hustle and you might want to thank Walmart and Sam’s Club because they’re presenting the event. And the Baylor School of Dentistry and All Smiles Dental and Orthodontics will provide free dental screenings, fluoride applications, free toothbrushes and toothpaste; Essilor Vision Foundation will provide free eyeglasses to children who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis. As for the haircuts, thanks go to Cedric B’s Barber and Beauty Salon and Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails.
Our buddies over at Half Price Books will donate more than 7,000 books, along with MetroPCS providing 7,000 backpacks and the North Texas Food Bank, along with Walmart, will give away 50,000 apples.
For certain folks, this information may not seem important. How lucky they are. For others, it will make the difference between their child’s having a healthy school year, both physically and emotionally.
Since its inception, the following mayors have been front and center for the event including Ron Kirk, Laura Miller, Tom Leppert and Mike Rawlings. Politically they may not have been of the same mindset, but when it comes to kids, they have their priorities arranged perfectly.