Dallas Ma-yor Mike Rawlings will host the 22nd-annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair, presented by Walmart, on Friday (Aug. 3) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Centennial Building at Fair Park. Mayor Mike Rawlings will be available for interviews from 6:15-7:15 a.m. and after the opening ceremonies, which begin at 7:35 a.m. and conclude around 8 a.m. Based on past events, crowds are expected to line up before dawn.
Mayor Rawlings; Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Israel Cordero; Shantay Peloquin, regional health and wellness director for Region 5 North Texas – Dallas, Walmart; Patty Arellano, global director of university digital marketing and STEM outreach programs at Texas Instruments; and other attending sponsors will participate in opening ceremonies at 7:35 a.m. at the main stage outside the Centennial Building.
Also attending will be Councilmembers Kevin Felder, Lee Kleinman and Adam McGough; and Dallas ISD Trustees Dr. Lew Blackburn, Audrey Pinkerton and Joyce Foreman.
Dallas ISD’s Thomas Jefferson High School Cheerleaders and Drum Line will perform beginning at 7:15 a.m. Other pre-fair entertainment will include Jill Beam leading exercise activities beginning at 5:15 a.m.
WHAT: The Mayor’s Back To School Fair is a one-stop shop event for Dallas families complete with 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. Pre-K through 5th grade students will receive colorful backpacks in addition to school supplies.
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.
WHEN: Friday (Aug. 3) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:35 a.m. Mayor Rawlings will be available for interviews from 6:15-7:15 a.m. In addition, from 8-8:30 a.m., Mayor Rawlings will greet parents and students and will be available for interviews.
WHERE: Centennial Building and Automobile Building at Fair Park. Opening ceremonies will take place at the stage outside the Centennial Building (where people will be lining up).
IMPORTANT: WALKUPS WELCOME! Although pre-registration has closed, eligible families can still REGISTER AT THE FAIR to receive free school supplies. Free school supplies are available only to Pre-K through 12th grade students who attend a Dallas ISD school OR live in the City of Dallas and meet the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines. A PHOTO ID, PROOF OF RESIDENCY AND PROOF OF INCOME ARE REQUIRED TO QUALIFY.
For Dallas ISD students, families must provide proof that the student attends a Dallas ISD school by providing documentation with student ID number (including most recent student report card, letter from student’s school stating the student attends a Dallas ISD school, student ID card, or printout from the online Parent Portal that shows student’s ID number).
For students attending other schools who live in the City of Dallas, families must provide a valid photo ID, City of Dallas proof of residency and verify income is at or below the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Picture ID includes state driver’s license, state identification card, military identification card, foreign consulate-issued identification (i.e. Matricula Consular), school or employer work identification card, or church ID card. Proof of residency includes May, June, July or August 2018 utility bill (electricity, water, phone, cable or gas) showing applicant name and current address; any mail sent to applicant showing applicant name and current address, with a postmark from May, June, July or August 2018; or letter from landlord or apartment management company, on company letterhead, indicating proof of residency during May, June, July or August 2018. Proof of income may be verified using paycheck stubs from May, June, July or August 2018; a letter dated in May, June, July or August 2018 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); or other qualifying documents include Medicaid letter, unemployment, disability, or SNAP food benefit letter/card.
Also, for quicker service, anyone planning to get immunizations is encouraged to bring shot records to the Fair.