Need free health screenings? Need information about the upcoming school year? Love live music and entertainment? The annual fair promises to have it all.
The Back-to-School Fair is on Aug. 29 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rockville at the Carver Educational Services Center. The fair is free and open to everyone.
Gboyinde Onijala, senior communications specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools, said MCPS expects thousands of families to attend this year’s fair. In the past, more than 6,000 people have attended.
The fair will include information about MCPS programs and services, educational children’s activities, free health screenings, live music and entertainment provided by Washington Talent Agency, an opportunity to ask school system experts questions, and a chance to win giveaways.
“Highlights of the day will include student and community performance groups, immunizations for incoming grade seven and eight students that meet new state requirements, and health screenings,” said Onijala.
According to MCPS, appointments are required for immunizations and are now available on the Back-to-school Fair website at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/community-engagement/fair or through calling 3-1-1. Parents must also bring a copy of their child’s immunization records.
Onijala said MCPS staff members will be available to answer questions and provide information about various topics including consortiums and magnet programs, classroom instruction and more.
MCPS has provided several ways to help students and their families prepare for the school year, including launching campaigns to help underprivileged children.
According to MCPS, 54,155 MCPS students receive free and reduced-price meals, and many families also struggle with providing their children school supplies.
The Montgomery County Public Schools’ Give BACKpacks campaign, which was launched in 2013, will provide thousands of students with backpacks filled with school supplies.
“Many families are facing financial struggles and need help providing their children with school supplies. Last year, thanks to the generous donations of MCPS parents, staff and community members, the district was able to provide more than 19,000 backpacks to students at 47 schools,” said Onijala.
Donations for the campaign can be made by sending a check or online through the MCPS Give BACKpacks campaign website: www.mcpsgivebackpacks.org.
The public can participate in the fair by donating items for the giveaways, making a financial contribution, or signing up to be a volunteer.