As the new school year approaches, the scramble for school supplies begins. Back-to-school prep doesn’t have to be just pencil and paper stock up. Here are some opportunities to get free supplies, health screenings, and to donate to families and teachers in need. Students return to public school in Miami-Dade County on Aug. 20.
Safe Summer Back to School Health Fair
What: The city of Miami is hosting a back-to-school health fair to give families access to free health-related information and screenings. Free backpacks and school supplies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where: 1350 NW 50th Street, Miami, FL 33142
When: Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
More information at: 305-467-5852
Family Fun Day and Education Enrichment Resource Fair
What: The North Miami Public Library is hosting a day of story time for kids, visits by popular storybook characters, crafts, games, prizes, music, and food. There will also be a resource fair providing back-to-school workshops for parents and a school supply giveaway. A donation of 500 backpacks filled with school supplies is expected. Breakfast will be served.
Where: North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St., North Miami, FL 33161
When: Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
More information: Family Fun Day: 305-891-5535 and www.northmiami.gov/library; Education Enrichment Resource Fair: 305-895-9815.
Health & Safety Expo
What: Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and South Florida health organizations have partnered to provide medical screenings, safety tips, and back-to-school supplies. There will be free glucose, blood pressure, BMI, and cholesterol health tests, as well as school immunizations. You must bring immunization records. Kids should be accompanied by a parent. Register here.
Where: Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165
When: Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
More information: 305-552-1155
Operation Back to School
What: Toys for Kids Miami is giving away free backpacks, school supplies, and fresh food to hundreds of kids
Where: Toys for Kids Miami Foundation, 10181 NW 58th St. in Doral
When: Sunday, Aug. 5, 1-5 p.m.
More information at: www.toysforkidsmiami.org/
Back-to-School Bash and Resource Fair
What: The city of North Miami is accepting donations for its annual back-to-school fair. There will be music, games, kid-friendly activities, and a resource fair showcasing helpful services offered in North Miami.
Where: The Joe Celestine Center, 1525 NW 135th St., North Miami
When: Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
More information: 305-895-9815
Back to School Fun Day Book Bag and Health Fair
What: Miami-Dade County Commission Vice Chair Audrey Edmonson will provide free vision exams, dental screenings, haircuts and a book bag giveaway. Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures will give free dental exams to kids 12 and under. Parents should fill out a consent form for their children, available at www.miamidade.gov/district03/ and at Edmonson’s district office at 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Suite 710, Miami.
Where: Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51st St., Miami
When: Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
More information: 305-636-2331
Supplies for teachers
What: Teachers can find much-needed classroom supplies at the Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, a warehouse and distribution program that accepts donations of school supplies and educational materials. Teachers can shop for free twice each school year. To sign up for a visit or donate, visit EducationFund.org.
More information: 305-558-4544 and EducationFund.org
Back to School Bash
What: Branches is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for low-income families in need of supplies for the upcoming school year. Guests can pack a backpack with supplies for a student at the event. A $35 donation reserves a spot. Donations can be made at Branchesfl.org/back2schoolbash/. Food and drinks will be served.
Where: Lennar Foundation Medical Center Rooftop Terrace, 5555 Ponce de Leon Blvd in Coral Gables
When: Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org and 305-442-8306, ext 1010.