A Back to School Health Fair is being coordinated by the members of Whitehouse First Assembly and will be conducted 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The intention is to provide a variety of health screenings, immunizations and 1,000 backpacks with school supplies to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Whitehouse Independent School District.
Donations of backpacks and school supplies are now being solicited for elementary and secondary students.
School supplies needed for elementary students are wide-ruled paper, 24-count Crayola crayons, 8-count Crayola classic broad line markers, glue sticks, 5x8 plastic pencil boxes and No. 2 pencils.
Materials desired for secondary students are college-ruled paper, single subject notebooks, 3x5 index cards (100 pack), highlighters, blue and red ink pens (10 packs) and No. 2 pencils.
Supplies can be dropped off at either Whitehouse First Assembly, 502 Highway 110, or at The REC, located at 301 Terry.
Monetary donations can be made online at http://whitehousefirst.org/donate or checks can be sent to Whitehouse First Assembly, P.O. Box 435, Whitehouse, TX 75791. Make certain checks are payable to Whitehouse First Assembly with health fair written on the notation line. A $15 donation will sponsor a backpack full of school supplies for a local child.
Parents wanting to take advantage of the free services Aug. 11 need only bring children’s shot records in order for them to receive the vaccinations. Immunizations will be provided by the NET Health Immunization program. No paperwork is required for any other services.
Dental screening will be provided by St. Paul Dental Clinic and hearing screenings by Audiology and Hearing Solutions. A provider has not yet been confirmed for vision screening.
Interpreters will be available to accommodate Spanish-speaking guests and assist them with obtaining services.
To help students have a good start to the new school year, not only will those present be given a backpack with school supplies, they will be provided hair cuts if needed.
The health fair will take place rain or shine. Most of the activities will take place inside the various areas of the church facility, including inflatables in the church gym. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will also be provided to visitors.
A few outside activities include a petting zoo and safety demonstrations by police and fire personnel along with a police car, firetruck and an ambulance.
Carter BloodCare will also be on location conducting a blood drive during the Health Fair.
For more information about the Back to School Health Fair, visit the same-named event on the Whitehouse First Assembly Facebook page or contact the church at (903) 839-2356.