Mayor Eric Johnson is excited to host the 24th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair. The popular annual event provides Dallas students and families with essential back-to-school supplies.
The Fair began nearly 24 years ago, attracting about 1,000 people and a dozen or so organizations. But thanks to the continued support of mayors, local community partners, sponsors, and nonprofits, the event has grown to annually draw 35,000 people and more than 130 organizations.
The Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas ISD, nonprofits, corporations, and community volunteers and serves economically disadvantaged students and their families who live in the City of Dallas and/or attend a Dallas ISD school in grades Pre-K to 12.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has challenged families across our city, and many children will soon begin classes again either virtually or in person. As with many events over the past several months, this year’s Back to School Fair will look much different and will be much more condensed than in the past.
For registered parents and students receiving school supply packs, we will conduct a limited walk-up only fair for those families that use public transportation on Thursday, August 20 and a drive-thru only fair on Friday, August 21. Please note, we will not accommodate pedestrians or walk-ups at the drive-thru fair on Friday, August 21, strictly vehicles only. Upon arrival to the drive-thru fair, families must remain in their vehicles and volunteers will load the school supplies in the trunk or bed of the vehicle.
As in the past, families will need to meet certain income requirements and must be Dallas residents. All guests are required to pre-register by Monday, August 17.
MBTSF serves economically disadvantaged students and their families who live in the City of Dallas and/or attend a Dallas ISD school in grades Pre-K to 12.
To qualify for free school supplies, students must live in the City of Dallas or attend a Dallas ISD school. For Dallas ISD students, families must provide proof that the student attends a Dallas ISD school by providing student ID number. For students attending other schools who live in the City of Dallas, families must provide a valid photo ID, City of Dallas proof of residency and verify income is at or to the right the 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines.