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Mayor Hosts ‘Back To School Fair’ In Dallas

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Parents on Thursday will be able to check off many items on their summer to-do lists. That is because thousands of families in Dallas are set to attend the 17th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair, hosted by Mayor Mike Rawlings. The event at Fair Park is open to anyone, and includes offerings like free vision screenings and health screenings.

The goal of the event is to help out those kids who will be heading back to class at the end of the month. The turnout is always massive and this year is expected to be no exception. An estimated 30,000 people are predicted to pack into Fair Park on Thursday. Some parents began lining up as early as 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

Free school supplies will be handed out to 15,000 qualifying Dallas students. Kids can also get free haircuts and free immunizations. County and city officials, Walmart and other local businesses or nonprofits are all working together to provide these services and make sure that all students are ready for their first day of school.

“If I have the right stuff to get me through the school year, I succeed,” said senior Jatavia Turner, one of the students who started waiting in line at 1:00 a.m. to be among the first Dallas kids to receive free school supplies.

Parking at the event is free, and the admission to the fair is free. The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and it lasts until 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

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