DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Summer has just begun, but Mayor Mike Rawlings is already gearing up for the next school year.

He held a kick off conference for the annual “Mayor’s Back To School Fair” held at Fair Park, where students receive school supplies and other necessities.

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This year, the mayor is encouraging families to pre-register to avoid long lines and not receiving supplies. Click here to pre-register.

“So many of our families can’t afford these basic needs. That’s why they come to fair park. That’s why they stand in line at 4 oclock in the morning to get in and make this happen,” said Mayor Rawlings.

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This year, the event will take place on August 1, at Fair Park.

More than 35-hundred people are expected to attend.

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