Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings believes one of society’s most important roles is educating youth, both inside and outside the classroom, so that they become contributing members to their community upon graduation. With a cradle-to-college approach, Mayor Rawlings has identified three key educational initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of Dallas children, thanks to generous support from the business and nonprofit community, individuals and foundations.

Back to School Fair

The biggest back-to-school event in Dallas attracts a crowd of approximately 40,000 schoolchildren and family members!

Approximately 15,000 Pre-K to 12th grade school children receive free school supplies, and 7,000 elementary-age kids receive backpacks, while fairgoers receive free health, dental and vision screenings.

Kids also receive free haircuts, immunizations, books, other school-supply related giveaways and, in some cases, prescription eyeglasses. School supplies and backpacks are made available to families who reside in the City of Dallas or attend Dallas ISD and meet income eligibility guidelines.

With over 200 sponsors and partners, the Mayor's Back to School Fair provides a wealth of services and information so kids are ready to learn the very first day of school.

Join Mayor Rawlings in making this inspiring gift to Dallas youth.

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Intern Fellows Program

This eight-week paid summer internship program, modeled after the White House Fellows, introduces Dallas public high school students to careers and employment opportunities in industries and companies where they have expressed interest.

Serving students who are likely to be the first in their families to attend college, the program is an investment in our youth, our education system, our city and its future workforce.

In the 2016 program, 1,930 students applied, 950 qualified for the Job Fair and 385 students landed coveted summer internships with more than 240 area businesses and nonprofits. All qualifying students received 10 hours of workforce training and interns received an additional 24 hours of work-readiness training prior to their internships.

Learn more about how to sponsor an intern at your workplace or local nonprofit, or become a Program Sponsor.

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Summer Reading Club

Summer reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, enhances comprehension and improves vocabulary. Most importantly, year-round reading helps prevent summer-learning loss, plus its fun!

For these reasons and more, the Dallas Public Library, Dallas ISD and the Mayor’s Office join together to host the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, which reaches over 35,000 children and adults each summer. The free ten-week program is a family affair and encourages reading for all ages.

Young readers earn prizes that include new books and tickets to museums and cultural programs, sporting events and more. Families can also participate in weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and literary programs at all 29 library locations across the city.

Get involved! Become a sponsor, provide prizes or host a book drive and donate new children’s books!

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Get Involved Today!

Contact us to participate in any one of these programs or sponsor or contribute to the Mayor’s Education Initiatives.