School Fair on Tap

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    The 2010-11 school years lurks, as kids likely see it, and shines, from parents’ perspective, just over next month’s horizon.
    Before it starts, though, students need to stock up on supplies such as pencils and paper, pampered kids. We had to bring our own sticks to scratch out lessons in the schoolhouse dirt floor.
    Anyway, the city of Dallas offers up the 14th annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair from 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Aug. 5, at the Automobile and Centennial Buildings at Fair Park.
    It’s a way for children living in low-income homes to stock up on most of the supplies required for the school year. There are strings attached, of course, in that families must prove a Dallas residence with a photo ID and utility bill. Income level verification comes in the form of three months’ worth of pay stubs or, “a letter dated in June, July, or August 2010 on agency or company letterhead from an employer, welfare office, caseworker, or Social Security Administration Office indicating annual income and signed by an agent of the company or agency,” according to the official news release.
    Preregistration also is a good idea, according to the city, so families don’t have to endure the registration lines at the event. Parents can take care of the preregistration — and isn’t that just registration? — either online or at any of the places listed here.
    The day also includes music, games, demonstrations, and other diversions because, as Mayor Tom Leppert said in the release, “The Back To School Fair is a fun way to get your child excited to return to school.”
    Uh huh.
    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He graduated from a Catholic high school in Oak Cliff and has the scarred knuckles to prove it.