For families struggling to make ends meet, filling the items on a school supply list can be a challenge. Area agencies are working to provide families of school-age children with supplies and access to medical care needed to start the school year.
The DuPage Regional Office of Education will host the 24th annual Back-to-School Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park.
The fair represents a one-stop event for low-income families to talk with health and social services representatives in advance of the new school year.
Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in attendance will be eligible to receive free school supplies, free books, haircuts and food. Parents who wish to participate must provide proof of income, proof of address in DuPage County, and identification for children.
Agape Connection is teaming up with the Quad County Urban League and the DuPage County NAACP to host a Back-to-School Rally from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John AME Church, 2950 Bilter Road, Aurora.
The rally will feature Dr. Otha Thornton, National PTA president, and will include activities for all ages. Students in attendance will receive school supplies and backpacks. Parents are able to participate in four sets of educational workshops that day as well. Registration is by visiting agapeconnection.org.
Communities In Schools and Project Unity’s annual Back-To-School Fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9, at the John R. Harkness Center, 60 S. Fourth St., Aurora.
Every child will receive a backpack and school supplies. Health services will be available.
The VNA mobile health clinic will be on site from 8 to 3 p.m., and Aunt Martha’s will offer round-trip shuttle service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for immunizations and school and sports physicals. Families should bring current immunization records.
Dental exams are required for all students in kindergarten, second and sixth grades. Cleaning and exams will be available on location by Aurora Children’s Dental Service and Miles of Smiles.
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will provide a mobile food pantry.
East Aurora School District 131 will provide information about the registration process for the following week, and West Aurora School District 129 will be available to enroll students for the 2014-2015 school year.
Families should check with their school district for required documents to bring to the event.
Parents who wish to participate must provide proof of income, proof of address and identification for children.
The fifth annual Project Backpack led by Elgin Community College is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at ECC’s Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Families must provide proof of residency or school enrollment within Elgin Community College District 509.
Volunteers are needed to fill backpacks with supplies on Thursday, as well as assist with distribution on Saturday. To help, fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/ECC-Project-Backpack.Tags: back to school, personal finance