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The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) recently announced a new partnership with the Office of Dallas Mayor Eric L. Johnson to provide volunteer training and overall planning support for the 27th Annual Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair, which will be held Friday, August 4, 2023, at Fair Park. Hosted by Mayor Johnson, this signature event is a collaborative partnership between his office, the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), nonprofits, corporations, and community volunteers. Each year, over 10,000 Dallas students in grades Pre-K to 12 and their families are provided essential school supplies, valuable services, and resources.

“The goal of the Mayor’s Back to School Fair is to help alleviate the financial pressures Dallas families encounter by ensuring the cost of school supplies is not one of them,” Mayor Johnson said. “This annual event has equipped thousands of kids with the materials and services they need to succeed during the new school year, including school supplies, immunizations, eye exams, haircuts, and more. Building for the future of Dallas begins with preparing our kids to return to the classroom.

This year, Junior League of Dallas will power the event, overseeing the 300-400 event volunteers from training to placement, as well as creating a community outreach plan and improving the overall participant experience.

“We are excited about this new partnership with the Office of Dallas Mayor Eric L. Johnson, as it will allow us to do what we do best – provide trained volunteers to serve within our community,” Junior League of Dallas President Emily Somerville-Cabrera said. “Further, education is one of our key issue areas, and we strongly believe that our children deserve to be set up for academic success. This annual fair provides us a perfect way to use our manpower

and volunteer training experience to help families who can’t afford the added expense of school supplies and other preparations required for students to achieve and excel throughout the school year.”

For more information about the Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair, please visit If you have questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at

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