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Stock up on supplies at these free back-to-school events in South Dallas

School is already back in session for some students, but it’s not too late to pick up free supplies at several upcoming back-to-school drives around Oak Cliff and South Dallas.

Dallas ISD schools following the redesign calendar returned on Aug. 2. Forty-one schools with an intersession calendar start school on Monday, and the other district schools with a base calendar start Aug. 16.

Here are a few upcoming drives:

The center aims to serve 1,000 families during this year’s event. All Dallas students are eligible to pick up school supplies and vouchers from 10 a.m. until noon on Aug 14. Families, however, cannot pick up supplies on the student’ behalf; students must attend to receive the supplies. No registration is required.

2922 MLK, Jr Blvd, 75215

The annual fair gives away essential school supplies to kids from households who meet certain income requirements. Volunteers will stash families’ vehicles with supplies during the drive-thru fair from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. The city of Dallas also announced Tuesday that free COVID-19 vaccinations will also be offered during the fair, and students can receive a shot if they are eligible.

Registration reached full capacity the day before the July 30 deadline.

Fair Park: 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75210

For Oak Cliff will distribute backpacks at two locations during its annual back to school festival on Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its more contagious delta variant, this year’s event will only allow drive-thru or walk-ups. The nonprofit is also accepting school supply donations. Learn more and preregister for a backpack here.

5150 Mark Trail Way, 75232, 4478 S. Marsalis Ave., 75216

Dream Center Back to School Event

Children and families in the Oak Cliff community will have the opportunity to shop for free supplies and fresh produce during the back-to-school event in the Dream Center’s parking lot on Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Community BBQ & Grill’s food truck will also be on-site to offer free plates until they run out.

1900 S Ewing Ave., Dallas TX 75216


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