Dallas Mayor’s 'Back to School' fair back in person

Dallas Back to school fair
Photo credit Baylee Friday, 1080 KRLD

Thousands of people lined up early Friday morning at Fair Park to get free school supplies ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

“Whatever they can give us is a very big help,” says Emma Rosales, mother of two young kids in the Dallas ISD. “Because not everything is manageable to have.”

This is the first time in two years the event has been held in-person. Drive through giveaways were held in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says it feels good to be back.

“I’m very proud to continue this tradition that was started years ago in our city to make sure that the kids in Dallas start out their school year on the right foot,” Mayor Johnson says, adding that more people registered this year than ever before, and more vendors signed up to help.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde also turned out at the event. She spoke shortly before the Woodrow Wilson High School drum line took center stage at this morning’s opening ceremony.

“Let’s really celebrate this family-friendly fair as a one stop shop with all of the things that our kids need,” Dr. Elizalde said.

The goal is to give away 10,000 bags of school supplies by the end of the day.  Other services are being offered too— everything from vaccines to haircuts.

The event is only open to those who registered before the deadline.

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