For many children, this is the best time of the year as they get ready to go back to school, but some students could be headed back to the classroom without the supplies they need.
This year's Wyandotte County Back to School Fair is challenged by lack of funding from community sponsors, as in previous years. A major sponsor dropped out, costing the fair $10,000.
"We are very concerned about the lack of funding to date and may not be able to buy the school supplies we need for the children in our community as we have in the past," said Arlana Coleman, chairperson of the Wyandotte County Back to School Fair committee, in a written statement.
Donated money helps purchase about 4,500 book bags and 49,500 school supplies. The book bags are filled with essentials such as pencils and paper.
The total amount still needed for supplies is approximately $25,000. Connect the Dots of Wyandotte County is willing to spend $5,000 if the community will donate money to match their contribution.
The fair will be held on Aug. 4 at Kansas City Kansas Community College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Each child attending will receive a book, provided by the KCK Public Library, and receive immunizations and sports physicals, provided by KU Medical Center.
Other services include haircuts, and information on services to support children and their families.
"The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Having the necessary school supplies increases the confidence of the child and provides a healthier attitude from day one," Coleman said.
The committee is asking for community support to assist the students and their families to attain the necessary school supplies to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the upcoming school year.
Corey Cullins was laid off last fall. He's counting on the back-to-school fair to help his children get ready for school.
"This is definitely an extra benefit for me," he said.
His son, Andrew Cullins, a fifth grader, said he really needs the assistance with his family struggling financially. He said he needs the supplies for school.
"It's helpful," he said.
If anyone would like to give a financial donation, they can make all checks payable to:
KCKCC Endowment 7250 State Ave. Kansas City, KS 66112. Please write BTSF on the memo section of the check
In addition, you can buy ice cream at the Culver's at the Legends at the Speedway from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. A portion of the sale will go to the fair.
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