DALLAS-- The Dallas Mayor's Back To School Fair kicked off its 18th year in Fair Park Friday morning.
For just one day Fair Park is a 'one stop shop' for Dallas students headed back to class in a few weeks. The 'beauty shop' and the 'barber shop' are open with the event's many sponsors providing kids with free haircuts.
If getting to the doctor hasn't been convenient, free vision screenings are offered along with dental check-ups. Danielle Jones attended the fair for the second time with her son. She was worried about his vision, but he passed a quick eye test easily.
'If you have any concerns or anything like that,' she said. 'You will be able to take advantage of it while it'shere.'
Children can't enroll and attend public schools without the proper immunizations. The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department made sure every child who needed it was vaccinated. Parents said having all these things in one place takes a huge burden off of their shoulders.
'It's a big help,' said Gary Wofford.
Wofford is caring for two grandchildren. One will be starting pre-kindergarten and the other will be going into second grade.
'I got the school list the other day and I was just overwhelmed, but this here is helping a whole lot,' he said.
'I think it's a good program,' said Jasmine Green. 'This is my first time actually hearing about it, but my mom said she took me when I was a kid.'
Green left her kids at home, but came to get school supplies. For those who met eligibility guidelines, they were free. Boxes of supplies were handed out for kids of all grade levels.
More than 35,000 people were expected to attend the event sponsored by the City of Dallas, Walmart, Sam's Club, Chase Bank, The United Methodist Church of North Texas and many others.
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