Media Advisory: Get Ready for Fall at the 2016 Back-to-School Fair

Media Advisory: Get Ready for Fall at the 2016 Back-to-School Fair

July 27, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Office of Communications
301-952-6001
WHO:
Prince George’s County Board of Education Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS)
WHAT:
2016 Back-to-School Fair
WHEN:
Saturday, Aug. 6 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Official kick-off starts at 9:45 a.m.) The immunization clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon.
WHERE:

The Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

BACKGROUND:
The annual PGCPS Back-to-School Fair, now in its sixth year, helps parents and students prepare for a successful school year. School and office representatives, county agencies and local businesses will share information throughout the event, which also features a free immunization clinic and the ever-popular Backpack Giveaway. The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, August 23. Backpack Giveaway Details: School-age youth will receive a ticket for a free backpack when they arrive at the fair. Families must visit a school, office and vendor display and have  representatives mark the ticket in the designated space. Tickets can be redeemed at the Backpack Giveaway station. Only one backpack will be available for each child on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Students must attend the fair to receive a free backpack. Immunization Clinic Details: The Maryland Partnership for Prevention and PGCPS Health Services are providing free vaccinations for incoming kindergarten, seventh-grade and repeat ninth-grade students. Parents must bring the exclusion letter from their child's school to show which immunizations are needed. Online registration is required through the Maryland Partnership for Prevention website. For more information, call 301-749-4722 or visit the PGCPS immunization website. Students will not be able to start classes without fulfilling all state-mandated immunization requirements For more information about the Back-to-School Fair, contact 301-952-6001. For all back-to-school information, click here.

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.