Mayor Eric Johnson to host Mayor’s Back to School Fair
Next month many students will be heading back to school and the need for school supplies will skyrocket. Parents have no need to fret! Mayor Eric Johnson plans to have the annual Back to School fair as a two-day event with new safety precautions to limit potential exposure to COVID-19.
“The Mayor’s Back to School Fair is a critical annual event for thousands of families in Dallas,” Mayor Johnson said. “No matter what school looks like this year, our children deserve to be set up for academic success. While this year’s fair will be different, it will be even more important to our families. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased need in our city, and the fair is another way for us to help those who can’t afford the added expense of school supplies right now.”
Families will be able to receive the necessary supplies and resources they need for the upcoming school year. Walk-ups will be allowed Aug. 20 for those without a car. The next day, the fair will be a drive-through event, during which parents of Dallas students will be able to have school supply packs placed in their vehicles.
The walk-up event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m Thursday, Aug. 20. The drive-through event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Fair Park.
To qualify for free school supplies, students must live in the City of Dallas or attend a Dallas ISD school. For Dallas ISD students, families must provide proof that the student attends a Dallas ISD school by providing a student ID number. For students who live in the City of Dallas but attend schools outside Dallas ISD, families must provide a valid photo ID, proof of residency, and income verification. All families must meet the 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines to receive assistance.
Families must pre-register online by Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, to receive school supplies. After pre-registering online, families will receive a confirmation code to display to volunteers at the event to receive school supplies. Parents who are not able to attend can give their confirmation code to another individual to pick up the school supplies for their kids.
For more information and pre-registration, visit mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com.
Written by Karrington Bradley