The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet kicked off the back to school season with their annual Back to School Fair.
The event, held at the Du Page County Fair Grounds, provided an opportunity for low- income families to prepare for the upcoming school year.
Students up to age 18 received school supplies and backpacks, as well as required dental screenings and optical exams.
In addition to getting ready for school, attendees also enjoyed free haircuts, manicures, face painting and other games.
“As you can see many different types of people come here, these are people that its so gratifying, because you always wonder if government money is being spent wisely, there is an old saying that every dollar that’s given on a grant program saves tax payers three dollars in the long run. This here saves people from having to put off not buying food at the grocery store, they can come here and get all the essentials, the basics they need for back to school” said county board chairman for district 6, Dirk Enger.
Students got to take home free books and novels donated by S.C.A.R.C.E. (The School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)
“Since the very beginning of the Back to School Fair we’ve been part of it, we bring storybooks. Families, schools, libraries donate books they no longer need, and children whose families are struggling to put food on your table you’re not buying books. So we bring about 1200 books each year” said Kay McKeen, founder of S.C.A.R.C.E.
The fair has always been a big success and this year was no different with more than 1200 families.
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