Johnson ‘excited’ for 25th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas


Mayor Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) announced the city would once again host the Mayor’s Back to School Fair, an event that dates back a quarter century to help students in need with essential school supplies. 

Johnson announced that registration was open for the event on June 28.

“I am excited to announce registration for the 25th annual @DallasMayor’s Back to School Fair is now open! The #MBTSF will take place on Aug. 6 with drive-thru and walk-up options. Families in Dallas and @dallasschools will receive much-needed supplies,” Johnson tweeted.

The annual event is made possible thanks to a partnership with the city, Dallas Independent School District, nonprofits, corporations and community volunteers, according to the event’s website.

“I know that many parents in our city have depended on this program during my predecessors’ tenures and since I’ve been the mayor,” Johnson told Dallas Weekly. “Having children is a blessing, but it’s also a challenge and yes, having kids can be very expensive. Opportunities such as this fair can make a major difference when you’re just trying to put food on the table.”

Dallas ISD deputy superintendent Susan Cordova said the event is a great way to help students prepare and get a “fresh start” for an upcoming school year.

“Thank you to the mayor, the city and the community at large for showing your support for our families by ensuring that every student has the materials they need to re-enter the classroom ready for a successful year,” she told Dallas Weekly.

According to Dallas Weekly, families have until July 30 to register for school supplies at mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com. Families must also meet 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines in order to be eligible for the assistance. 

FOX 4 reported that since the program started in 1996, it has grown from helping 1,000 families to more than 30,000. 

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