Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair Held Aug. 1

Parents of Dallas school children saved money at the Mayor's 18th Annual Back to School Fair Friday.

The fair was free and open to the public, provided the children of attendees are enrolled in the Dallas Independent School District.

"The Mayor's Back to School Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public health departments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and hundreds of volunteers," according to a statement on their website.

Free school supplies were made available to families with school-aged children who reside in the City of Dallas or attend Dallas Independent School District schools and who meet eligibility requirements.  Photo identification is required.

"You know a third of our kids grow up in poverty. They [the parents] don't have the money, the hundreds of dollars they need to get the kids ready for school. This is the way the community says, 'Come on, you can do it. We can get you into a great college.' You've got to have the parents do their part, but we're going to do our part," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "It really kind of kicks off the school year. It's exciting."

To be guaranteed free supplies, parents needed to pre-register before Friday's event.  However, parents who did not pre-register can still attend the event and take part in all the fair has to offer.

Parents can also take advantage of other events at the fair including getting free immunizations required for school, free health and dental screenings, haircuts, informational activities and more.

Hundreds of people were in line to attend the fair long before sunrise. 

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.

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