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Free event to provide school supplies for 15,000 qualifying Dallas schoolchildren, plus immunizations, vision and dental screenings, haircuts, information, and more; pre-registration now underway

A one-stop shop to prepare children and their families for the school year, the 21st Mayor’s Back to School Fair, presented by Walmart, will take place on Friday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Centennial Building at Fair Park.

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“We want to make sure that kids are well-prepared for their first day of school,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “Getting ready for school – buying supplies, getting immunizations and haircuts and seeing the dentist – can be overwhelming and expensive for families. We hope that the Fair can ease some of that burden, plus put kids on the right track for a successful school year.”

With an expected attendance of 35,000, the Fair is a one-stop-shop complete with all the back-to-school basics. Parents and children can find everything they need to prepare for the school year – from free school supplies for Dallas schoolchildren (who meet eligibility requirements); to free health, dental and vision screenings; to immunizations and haircuts; plus the latest information on education, health and social services. The Fair also will feature musical entertainment, kids activities, games, interactive demos and more. Eligible families with pre-K and elementary school students also will receive a colorful backpack at the Fair.

“Back to school is one of the most exciting times at the nearly 200 Walmart stores across North Texas,” said Kellie Duhr, Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs. “We are proud to continue in our role as presenting sponsor of the Mayor’s Back to School Fair this year.”

Walmart will conduct free vision screenings and offer general health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose checks, for all family members. Texas A&M University College of Dentistry will provide free dental screenings and oral health information for everyone, plus fluoride applications, toothbrushes and toothpaste to students. Dallas County Health & Human Services will provide free immunizations; the National Kidney Foundation will offer kidney health screenings; and Children’s Health will offer consultations on asthma, behavioral health, BMI readings and nutrition. Cedric B’s Barber and Beauty Salon and Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails will offer free haircuts to students. Essilor Vision Foundation will be on site conducting eye exams and providing eye glasses at no cost to qualifying families. In addition,Half Price Books will give away 10,000 books.

Dallas ISD will have a large area with bilingual staff on hand to provide information on magnet schools, scholarship and alternative programs, psychological and social services, parenting and family literacy.

Additionally, educational information and services, in English and Spanish, will be offered at hundreds of community resource booths on crime prevention, fire safety, college readiness, housing, transportation, personal finances, health, nutrition and literacy.

Eligible families who qualify for free school supplies are encouraged to pre-register by mail or in person at pre-registration events throughout Dallas. (See list of events below.)

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 2017 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 2017.

Proof of Income may be verified using paycheck stubs from June, July or August 2017 or a letter dated in June, July or August 2017 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.
Admission is free. Parking is free, or visitors can take the DART Rail Green Line to the Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations. New this year: Shuttle service within Fair Park will be available to and from the Centennial Building, where the Fair’s main entrance is located. The Centennial Building at Fair Park is located at 1001 Washington St. in Dallas.

For more information, please call 311 or go to

IMPORTANT: 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 2017 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines). A PHOTO ID, PROOF OF RESIDENCY AND PROOF OF INCOME ARE REQUIRED TO QUALIFY.


Thursday, June 22; 10 a.m.-noon

Walmart Supercenter

4122 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy.

Dallas, TX 75244

Thursday, July 13; 4-6 p.m.

Highland Hills Branch Library

6200 Bonnie View Rd.

Dallas, TX 75241

Friday, July 14; 1-5 p.m.

Eastfield College Pleasant Grove Campus

802 South Buckner Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75217

Saturday, July 15; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Erik Jonsson Central Library

1515 Young St.

Dallas, TX 75201

Sunday, July 16; 2-4 p.m.

Dallas West Branch Library

2332 Singleton Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75212

Tuesday, July 18; 3-5 p.m.

George Peabody Elementary School

3101 Raydell Pl.

Dallas, TX 75211

Tuesday, July 18; 3-5 p.m.

Tom W. Field Elementary School

2151 Royal Ln.

Dallas, TX 75229

Wednesday, July 19; 3-5 p.m.

H&R Block

5610 Lemmon Ave.

Dallas, TX 75209

Wednesday, July 19; 3-6:30 p.m.

Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness

Center at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center

4500 Spring Ave.

Dallas, TX 75210


Thursday, July 20; 11 a.m.-noon


1121 W. Wheatland Rd.

Dallas, TX 75232

Thursday, July 20; 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lochwood Branch Library

11221 Lochwood Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75218

Friday, July 21; 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 22; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dallas

2800 N. Hampton Rd.

Dallas, TX 75212

Tuesday, July 25; 4-6 p.m.

Prairie Creek Branch Library

9606 Lake June Rd.

Dallas, TX 75217

Wednesday, July 26; 3-5 p.m.

H&R Block

1515 N. Cockrell Hill Rd.

Dallas, TX 75211

Thursday, July 27; 3-5 p.m.

H&R Block

655 W. Illinois Ave.

Dallas, TX 75224

Thursday, July 27; 4-6 p.m.

Willie B. Johnson Recreation Center

1225 Willowdell Dr.

Dallas, Texas 75243

Friday, July 28; 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, July 29; 10 a.m.-noon

Cobb Field House

1702 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75210

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