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Readiness fairs are planned in Barry and Lawrence counties

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center in Cassville and the Lawrence County OACAC Center in Aurora are preparing for their 2010 School Readiness Fairs.

Barry County School

Readiness Fair

The Barry County event will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus auditorium in Cassville on Thursday, July 29.

Families can register for this year's fair at the Neighborhood Center, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. Registrations will be accepted Monday, June 7 through Friday, July 9.

Families must provide Social Security cards for each member of the household and proof of the previous month's household income to register for the fair.

Many local businesses, organizations and agencies participate in the annual Barry County Neighborhood Center's School Readiness Fair by providing free gift items, haircuts, vision screenings, dental services and valuable information on health, physical fitness and community resources.

"We are accepting supply donations and monetary contributions, which can be used to purchase specific items requested on school supply lists," Reed said.

Supplies and cash donations can be dropped off at the Neighborhood Center. Any amount of supplies can be donated. Some of this year's most needed items include folders, paper, crayons, glue and backpacks.

"We are also looking for volunteers interested in helping in the preparation stage or on the day of the fair," said Reed. "Volunteers are needed for packing, shopping and to hand out supplies and assist with sign-ins and activities during the fair."

For more information or to volunteer or donate items for the Neighborhood Center's School Readiness Fair, call 847-2140.

Lawrence County School Readiness Fair

The Lawrence County OACAC-sponsored School Readiness Fair will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 at the Aurora Baptist Temple Family Life Center, located at 1111 S. Elliott in Aurora.

According to Tammy Gleason, OACAC Lawrence County family resource specialist, there will be numerous booths available for families to visit. Information will be provided by the fire department, police department and utility company. There will also be dental information, nutritional information, consumer credit counseling and details on services offered through local libraries available during the fair.

A family service representative will be on hand to provide information on latch key kids, bullying prevention, and drug resistance.

Gleason said there will also be clothing vouchers, pens, free bowling coupons and clowns to entertain the kids.

Parents are asked to call the Lawrence County OACAC office for registration requirements at 417-678-5031.

Supplies and cash donations can be dropped off at the OACAC office a pick-up can be arranged by calling the office. Supplies are needed, and according to Gleason, two of the most needed items are paper and folders.

Volunteers are also needed but must be registered with OACAC before the fair.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate, call 417-6780-5031.

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