The Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center is still collecting supplies for its annual School Readiness Fair, which will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 4.
"We could use volunteers to help pack school supplies and help on the day of the fair," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "We are also in fairly urgent need of school supplies or monetary donations.
"We need any supplies," said Reed. "There is no one thing we need more than other items. We need everything. It takes a lot to provide supplies for the fair. We need lots of supplies, lots of folders and lots of pencils."
Supplies and cash donations can be dropped off at the Neighborhood Center, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. Any amount of supplies can be donated. Cash donations will be used to purchase supplies.
In addition to supplies, the Neighborhood Center is collecting backpacks for children participating in the fair. Around 30 backpacks have been donated, but over 90 will be needed to ensure each child receives a backpack.
"We all know how important it is to get kids off to a good start at the beginning of the school year," said Reed. "Having school supplies is a great way to get them off on the right foot.
"It has always bothered me to think of a kid going to his or her first day of school without supplies," said Reed. "I think it helps a kid's self esteem and confidence to walk into school with a backpack full of supplies. The fair provides children with supplies and helps take the financial load off of some parents who are struggling in this economy."
The School Readiness Fair traditionally offers a large assortment of information and services. In the past, the fair has offered free dental services, haircuts and vision screenings. The theme for this year's event is "Around the World in 2011."
For more information or to volunteer or donate items for the Neighborhood Center's School Readiness Fair, call 847-2140.