Schools holding back to school fair

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published August 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD— That time of year kids dread is upon us again, and to help soften the blow of going back to school, Southfield Public Schools is holding a Back to School Fair.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 on the football field at Southfield High School, located at 24675 Lahser Rd.

Now in its third year, the fair will offer a wide variety of entertainment, prizes and fun for families to enjoy. The first 100 students to attend the fair will be given a backpack loaded with school supplies.

“It’s a lot of fun out there on the football field for everybody getting ready to go back to school,” said Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Southfield Public Schools, Jacqueline Robinson. “We want to rekindle their excitement for learning, it’s like a big back to school party.”

The event will begin with a kick-off rally, including Superintendent Dr. Lynda Wood, local dignitaries, local recording artist Mary Wynn and SPS musicians and soloists.

Smiley the Hip Hop Clown will also be in attendance, who aims to combine hip hop and learning, according to his website.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to win prizes. Two Kindle Fires, restaurant gift cards and other prizes will be raffled off at the event.

SPS will also be providing a free lunch of hot dogs, as well as popcorn and ice cream.

Health, dental and vision screenings will be available at the event as well, along with free haircuts for boys.

“Going back to school is a big time for all kids, whether they’re in kindergarten or 12th grade,” said Vicki Perry, principal of MacArthur K-8 University Academy. “Parents can bring their children no matter what age,” she said.

Parents who are looking for information on busing and food services will have the chance to get their questions answered, as each of Southfield’s 16 schools will have a representative present at the fair to answer questions and provide information. Parents who are new to the school district are also encouraged to attend.

“I just think that Southfield Public Schools is really community oriented, and because of that, community parents and kids look forward to it and its going to be a great event, Perry said.

Perry said SPS is expecting at least 1,000 people between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.