With just over a month until students start school on Aug. 24, the annual rush to get kids ready for the new school year has officially begun. In anticipation, the organizers of the Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair are gearing up for the city’s largest one-day school supply distribution effort on Aug. 7, from 8 a.m.—2 p.m., at Dallas Fair Park.
The annual event is a welcome bonanza for thousands of cash-strapped parents looking for all the help they can get to cover the cost of school supplies. These days, supplies can be a major investment for parents with multiple kids, not to mention the cost of uniforms, sneakers, and other paraphernalia related to the start of school.
The Mayor’s Back to School Fair wants to help bear some of the load. A mega event, the fair features loads of information about Dallas ISD services, vaccinations, after-school programs, and tips for parents to get involved in their children’s education. The event also features free haircuts, dental screenings and entertainment galore.
The major attraction of the Mayor’s Back to School Fair is free school supplies. These are available for families who live in the City of Dallas or whose children attend Dallas ISD schools. Recipients must meet income eligibility requirements, and pre-registration is required.
While the event will feature onsite registration, parents can avoid long lines by signing up at a number of pre-registration events planned across the city. Full details and frequently asked questions are available on the event website or by calling the city of Dallas at 3-1-1.