Supplies & Demand: Thousands Attend Back-to-School Fair

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DALLAS — It’s almost back-to-school time, and folks were lined up at the crack of dawn to get in The Dallas Mayor’s Back-to-School Fair.

There were plenty of freebies to go around.

When asked about his  favorite school supplies, student Rodolfo Espinoza said, “notebooks, and Pencils!”

“I brought my grandkids out here to get some school supplies and stuff,” said Leaster Miller.

The fair is a one-stop shop for lower-income families who might not be able to get back-to-school items otherwise. Activities, performances, food, books, and a free haircut? Sounds like a good deal!

“It helps a lot,” said mother of two, Danielle Jensen.  “Especially in the economic times.”

Nearly 35,000 kids showed up. And check this out. Kids could get vision, dental, and medical care… for free!

“There’s recent occurrences of measles in the North Texas area, and if your children’s immunization records are not up to date, they will be turned away on the first day,” Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Zachary Thompson said.

Vernessa Daniels is making sure that doesn’t happen to any of her grandchildren.

“I have a total of six grandkids,” Daniels said.  “This is truly a blessing for me because I was wondering how I was going to get my granddaughter her shots because she was so far behind.”

Way to go Grandma Daniels!

Kudos, Dallas for doing something like this for the children.