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Readifest set for Saturday at SCHS

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By Mallory Bilger

The Spencer County Health fair and Readifest has become one of the essential back to school events for Spencer County Public School students, and it is scheduled for this Saturday at Spencer County High School from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
The event offers free basic school supplies such as glue, paper, pens, pencils, folders, markers and more. Student fitness demonstrations, fire safety demonstrations by the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department and free health screenings for all ages are also offered at the event. Some of the more popular health screenings include vision and hearing.
Spencer County Family and Youth Service Center Director Becky Wilson said participation has been more than 1,000 children and adults and she expects that many, if not more, Saturday.
Wilson said there will be more than 50 booths with information and supplies. She said the outpouring of community support from businesses, organizations and churches has been overwhelming during a time when more and more families are struggling to meet financial demands associated with school.
“We are trying to make it bigger and better,” Wilson said.
Wilson stressed that parents must have their children with them the day of the event to receive school supplies. Families should allow at least one hour to participate. Those showing up toward the end of the Readifest will most likely not be able to take advantage of the whole event.
All Spencer County boxholders should have received a flyer in the mail about the event and can preregister their children with that form. Anyone preregistering is entered for a chance to win a $50 Country Mart gift card.
Drawings that day will also include a $200 Target gift card and a laptop bundle, including the laptop, case and a flash drive. Participants must complete the vision screening in order to be eligible for the Target gift card drawing and must complete the hearing screening to be eligible for the laptop bundle giveaway.
Local clothes closets at Taylorsville First Christian Church and First Assembly of God will also be open that day to assist families with back to school clothes.
Both churches will be open during the Readifest hours. Taylorsville First Christian is on Main Cross and First Assembly of God is on Garrard Street.
The event is sponsored by the Spencer County Extension Office, the Spencer County Health Department, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Publishers Printing, Froman Drug Store, the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency and the Family Resource and Youth Service Center.
“This is all for the children,” Wilson reiterated.