Fort Macleod children and parents can get ready Wednesday, Aug. 27 for the start of the new school year.
Back to School Connect will provide free school supplies, haircuts, eye and dental exams and other resources.
Back to School Connect runs from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
Last year the event attracted more than 500 people.
Back to School Connect is focused on making Fort Macleod a strong community by bringing people from across the community together for a good time.
“I would love to see the whole town turn out,” said Susan Simpson, executive director of event sponsor Kids First Family Centre.
Free school supplies will help children get ready for the start of the new term at W.A. Day and F.P. Walshe schools.
There is a free clothing exchange to help parents outfit their children for the school year.
Parents can learn about the many services and resources available to families in Fort Macleod.
Organizers have arranged for a wide variety of professionals to attend Back to School Connect.
Dentists and optometrists will be on hand to do examinations and hairdressers will provide “back to school” trims.
A dietitian will be present and Alberta Health Services staff will attend to discuss topics such as immunization, addictions services, mental health and home visitation.
Fort Macleod Affordable Housing Coalition’s housing support worker Nicole Jackson will be present.
Groups such as Parents As Teachers, Global Training, Triple P Parenting, Fort Macleod Preschool, Project Read, Fort Macleod Community Garden, McMann Youth Services, Fort Macleod Food Matters, the Norlien Foundations, the Southern Alberta FASD Network and Money Matters will be represented.
Nathan Cross from Alberta’s Promise will attend to promote that organization.
Fort Macleod organizations will be on hand with information and to accept registration, including Minor Hockey, Cindy Gray’s Dancers, Legacy Tae Kwon Do, Westwinds Gymnastics, Joan Kronlund’s Moon River Music Studio.
Representatives from the Jump Start program, which provides recreation subsidies for children, will also attend.
Stockman’s Grill will provide free wraps and yogurt.