Free school supplies available to North Port students

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NORTH PORT - Registration begins this week for students to receive a free backpack and school supplies during the annual Back to School Resource Fair.

Each year, the City's Social Services Division, alongside several community organizations, hosts a Back to School Resource Fair that helps an estimated 1,000 North Port students grades K-12 by providing them with a free backpack and school supplies. This year, the event will be hosted on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

In order for students to receive the free backpack and school supplies, families must pre-register.

Parents can also pre-register for Parent Workshop: "What's up with the Attitude and Homework & Study Skills," which will be presented by the Sarasota County School District. Free childcare will be provided for those that attend the workshop.

To register for free backpack and school supplies, families must bring one of the following recent bills to show North Port residency: electric, water/sewer, telephone or current lease. They will also need to bring one of the following to show proof of birth for each student: birth certificate, immunization record, or a 2012/2013 report card.

Registration dates are as follows:

From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at the North Port Family Service Center, 6919 Outreach Way (off Pan American Boulevard).

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 20 and 22 and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on June 27 and 29 at the Children's Clothes Closet, 5940 Sam Shapos Way (off North Port Boulevard).

Once students are registered, their families must attend the Back to School Resource Fair, where they must present their registration form and visit 10 or more exhibit booths. An adult must be present with student under 16 to receive backpack & school supplies.

For more information, contact the City's Social Services Division at (941) 429-3700.