From Staff Reports

The first day of school is fast approaching, and to help hundreds of area schoolchildren – and their parents – get ready is the annual “Back-to-School-Fair” this Saturday.

The community-wide event will again take place at the Jackie Harvey Track Complex adjacent to Mineral Wells High School on Ram Boulevard. The fair will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

Those who can volunteer to help are asked to be at the complex at 8 a.m.

“We are doing it much the way we did it last year,” said organizer Peggy Gibson. “We are going to let the kids do the shopping and fill their own bags.”

Gibson said as in years past, the fair expects to provide school supplies for 700 to 800 schoolchildren.

No proof of income is needed, though the fair is designed “for anyone who finds it difficult to afford their school supplies,” said Gibson. “We ask that the child accompany the parent and the parent accompany the child. That’s really the only requirement.”

Parents will be asked to register the child or children attending the fair. Supplies lists for area schools will be available.

Refreshments such as sno-cones and popcorn will be provided by the First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells youth group.

“There has also been a big donation of bottled water so hopefully we can keep everybody relatively cool,” Gibson added.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the fair financially or through other donations can do so directly through their church or by contacting First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells.

Gibson said this her ninth year of involvement with the event.

“It’s something that is so easy to do,” she said. “One of the things that I’ve always been proud of in this community, the people don’t have to qualify for it, and we don’t get any government funds. It all comes from the people of Mineral Wells. Everyone contributes and it’s a community-wide program.”

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