Dallas kids are headed back to school and can join in on the fun at this year’s Mayor’s Back to School Fair. Head to Dallas’ Fair Park this Friday August 7th with an opening ceremony kicking off at 7:35 am. Famous for the long lines it is expected that people will begin lining up before dawn. This year’s school fair is presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club, officially from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Centennial and Automobile buildings at Fair Park. Informacion en Espanol.
Cheerleaders from Skyline High School and the Skyline High School drum line will perform beginning at 7:25 a.m. Other pre-fair entertainment will include Jill Beam leading Jazzercise and other exercise activities.
At the fair, Dallas families that qualify will get free health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts, school supplies (for qualifying participants) and more. Educational information and services, in English and Spanish, will be offered at dozens of community resource booths on topics such as crime prevention, fire safety, parenting, health, nutrition and more. Dallas ISD staff will answer questions and distribute information on magnet schools, psychological and social services, family literacy and college-readiness programs. Focusing on helping students with many of their school-related needs, the Mayor’s Back To School Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas ISD, Dallas area schools, the public health department, state agencies, nonprofits, corporations and volunteers.
Although pre-registration has closed, eligible families can still REGISTER AT THE FAIR to receive free school supplies. The free school supplies are available only to those who meet specific eligibility requirements (must be public school students pre-K through 12th grades who reside in the City of Dallas or attend a Dallas ISD school, AND meet the 2015 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines). A photo ID, proof of residency and proof of income are required to qualify.
Picture ID includes state driver’s license, state identification card, military identification card, or foreign consulate-issued identification (i.e. Matricula Consular). City of Dallas proof of residency includes June, July or August 2015 utility bill (electricity, water, phone or gas) showing applicant name and current address or letter from landlord or apartment management company, on company letterhead, indicating proof of residency during June, July or August 2015.
Proof of Income may be verified using paycheck stubs from June, July or August 2015 or a letter dated in June, July or August 2015 on agency or company letterhead from an employer, welfare office, caseworker, or Social Security Administration Office indicating annual income and signed by an agent of the company or agency. Letter must include contact phone number for verification. Other qualifying documents include a Medicaid letter, Lone Star Program Card and a Dallas ISD letter indicating qualification for free lunch program. Also, for quicker service, anyone planning to get immunizations is encouraged to bring shot records to the Fair.
Dallas Fair Park is located at 1200 S 2nd Ave, Dallas, TX 75210