Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-221-2463

More Than 20,000 Expected to Celebrate 11th Year of Back to School Event

More than 20,000 people are expected to participate in the 11th Annual Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day. The event will be held at the Marion County Public Health Department, 3838 North Rural Street, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The event will be held Saturday, July 30.

"The line will likely form before sunrise and the last person will leave more than eight hours later. Many will stand for three hours before the main gates open," said Pamela Humes, project director for event coordinator Covering Kids and Families.

Entering its second decade, the Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day is the largest event of its kind in the city.

Health screenings, the opportunity to enroll in free and reduced price health insurance, health information, back to school immunizations, games, entertainment and back to school supplies will be part of the annual summer event.

Backpacks will be handed out to school-aged children. Families wanting school supplies for their children must have their children with them.

Those needing back to school immunizations should bring current shot records with them. Dental and other screenings also will be available. Raffles and prizes will be offered throughout the day.

"In order for our children to be truly prepared for school they must be healthy and have the appropriate supplies. We are proud to make both health screenings and basic school supplies available to our community," said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director, Marion County Public Health Department.

Individuals wanting birth certificates for school enrollment can purchase the documents during the event.

The Indianapolis Fire Department will have a large presence with its Fire Safety Festival, a high-energy area featuring music, food and interactive educational displays. More than 60 community organizations will also be at the event.

Individuals coming to the event should expect long lines and are asked to follow the directions of law enforcement and event officials. Due to the large number of people coming to the event, there will be traffic congestion and an increase in pedestrian traffic in the area near 38th and Rural Street.

Those with questions about the event can call 221-2464.

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