DFW Back-to-School events

The Dallas Examiner


Dallas County Health and Human Services will hold school vaccinations before the back-to-school rush at six clinics Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Planning for the next school year may not be on the minds of parents or students as we are in the middle of summer, however waiting lines for immunizations are expected to spike in the coming weeks,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “We know from previous years the lines are much longer as we get closer to school starting.”

Texas Vaccine for Children eligible immunizations are $10 for the child’s first visit and $5 for returning patients. Waivers will be given to families in need. College students are also able to get state-required meningitis vaccinations.

Participating clinic locations include:

• DCHHS Stemmons Immunization Clinic, 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, extended hours on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic, 1113 E. Jefferson Blvd.

• John West Branch Immunization Clinic, 3312 N. Buckner Blvd. – Ste. 200

• Irving Branch Immunization Clinic, 440 S. Nursery Road

• North Dallas Branch Immunization Clinic, 8208 Spring Valley Road #200

• Carrollton Farmers Branch Immunization Clinic, 2774 Valwood Parkway

For more information, visit the DCHHS website: http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs.


The 21st annual Mayor’s Back-to-School Fair will be held Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centennial Building in Fair Park. The free event is open to the public and will be providing free school supplies to families with school-aged children who reside in the City of Dallas or attend Dallas ISD and meet eligibility requirements.

Families must pre-register before attending the event. For pre-registration and eligibility guidelines, visit http://mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com.


Local residents will have the chance to enjoy the Raising the Vibez Supply Concert and Drive hosted by Anatasia The Bold Aug. 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Southwest Center Mall in the Atrium, located at 3662 W. Camp Wisdom.

The free event is open to the public and will feature a backpack, school supplies and uniform drive and performances from local comedians, musicians, poets and dance teams.


Friendship-West Baptist Church, Faith Formula and Chocolate Mint Foundation welcomes local residents to the annual Community Back-to-School Block Party Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Friendship-West, located at 616 W. Kiest Blvd.

The event is free for all families, but students from Dallas ISD and surrounding areas must pre-register to receive backpacks and school supplies. The first 1,000 registered students will receive school supplies.

Face painting, games, food, carnival rides, haircuts, banking information and on-site health screenings are available for parents and children.

For registration information, call the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department at 214-819-2000.


F.R.E.E. Our Daughters organization will present their first Back-to-School Bash to provide school supplies to 30 middle and high school students in the area Aug. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Blissful Event Center, located at 700 Cockrell Hill Road, Ste. 166. The event will also showcase special performances and motivational speakers and provide food to participating families.

Children must pre-register to receive a backpack and supplies. To register, contact the organization at info@freeourdaughters.com


Arlington ISD will be hosting its Back-to-School Kickoff Aug. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon on the west outdoor plaza and indoor platform of AT&T Stadium, located at 1 AT&T Way. Pre-registered students will receive backpacks filled with school supplies based on their grade levels and immunizations, dental and vision screenings, and haircuts will be available as well. The event will feature booths on after-school care and other community resources and special appearances by the Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Parents must pre-register students, and AISD students should qualify for the free or reduced-price meal program to attend. For more information, visit http://www.aisd.net.


The South Oak Cliff Alumni Bear Cave invites all city residents to the Still We Rise: Back 2 School Block Party Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at South Oak Cliff High School, located at 3601 S. Marsalis Ave. Local families will receive free school supplies, career/college advice, food and much more at the block party. Children must be registered by their parents/guardian and in attendance to receive supplies.

To register, go to https://stillweriseb2school.eventbrite.com. Registration deadline is Aug. 11.


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