Fair To Help Jacksonville Students Get Set For Class
By KELLY GOOCH
Organizers with the sixth annual Back to School Fair in Jacksonville are asking the public to help them get students ready for the upcoming school year.
The fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St.
Sarah Martin, project coordinator with the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, said the event will feature exhibits promoting health, safety and extracurricular activities. That includes assisting parents with vaccination records and other information, a martial arts demonstration, a bicycling lesson and health screenings.
As long as they last, Jacksonville students also can get backpacks with school supplies and standardized dress clothing, Ms. Martin said. Children must be present to receive a backpack and clothing.
“So many people have kids going back to school (and) a lot of businesses help give school supplies and money for uniforms,” Ms. Martin said. “It’s great the community is able to help put something like this together.”
She said organizers will need uniforms for 700 students, and there is now enough for about 400. Residents are encouraged to donate standardized dress that is in good condition.
Basic school supplies such as folders and scissors also are needed, Ms. Martin said.
Anyone with useable standardized dress can contact Mickey Gear at the Clothes Closet, 314 S. Main St., or the chamber at 526 E. Commerce St. School supplies may be dropped off at the chamber office.
For more information on donating, call the chamber at 903-586-2217.