Back 2 School Fair Needs Help Now

Back 2 School Fair Needs Help Now

By Susan Neuhalfen

Even though we’ve just wrapped up the school year, families in the Lake Cities need our help now to make sure that every student has the supplies needed to start school in the fall.

There Has to Be More Ministries, started by Lake Dallas Mayor Michael Barnhart and his wife, Suzanne, is a non-profit organization that works with churches, businesses and individuals to provide for the needs of families in the Lake Cities area. Every year they hold a Back 2 School Fair at Lake Dallas Middle School in coordination with other sponsors and businesses. It is a family-friendly event providing backpacks, school supplies, immunizations, physicals, haircuts, vision screenings and more for economically-challenged students in LDISD.

This will be the 4th year for the Back 2 School Fair. Serving the three LDISD elementary campuses as well as Lake Dallas Middle School and Lake Dallas High School, they provided supplies and services for over 400 students in 2016 but fell short as many more were needed.

“We’re hoping to raise $25,000 which will serve around 1,000 students,” said Mayor Barnhart. “We have to order school supplies by grade level and it comes out to be about $25 per student with backpacks and everything.”

The Boys and Girls Club will also be joining in this year, donating bicycles for many of the children.

In addition to monetary donations, the ministry is collecting school supplies to build up the reserve. They need new zippered binders and any other new and unused supplies. Barnhart mentioned that sponsors could provide materials with their printed logo. These items may be dropped off at Lake Dallas City Hall or donations may be mailed to Box 1225, Lake Dallas, TX 75065.

The fair, which will be held Thursday, August 10 from 5p-9pm is free to attend, however, families who wish to receive supplies and/or immunizations MUST sign up online no later than July 21st at 5:00 pm Register here. Once registered, the family will receive a confirmation that their submission was received. They will then be contacted via email or phone prior to the event to let them know if they have qualified.

The Lions Club will provide vision screening exams while CareVan will provide immunization shots. Dr. Charlotte Burgess’ office will provide sports physicals along with the paperwork needed for school. Ogle School of Denton will be on hand with their chairs set up and their scissors ready to give children great new haircuts to start to the school year as well.

There will also be a bounce house, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn and lots more fun for the kids.

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