Saturday’s Healthfair, Readifest helps offset cost of school supplies, health screenings

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By The Staff

Students across Spencer County are preparing themselves to go back to school and the annual Healthfair and Readifest this Saturday will help parents equip their children for success when they return to class.
The event, which offers free school supplies, heath screenings and information for all ages is from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Spencer County Elementary School on Mount Washington Road.
It is open to Spencer County Public School students and their parents or guardians and is coordinated by the Spencer County Family Resource and Youth Service Center in conjunction with the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service.  
Numerous community businesses, churches and civic organizations come together to to provide the supplies such as pencils, loose-leaf paper, folders, crayons and more.
This year’s Healthfair and Readifest will also feature fitness demonstrations, fire safety demonstrations and drawings for gift cards and backpacks.
Spencer County Family Resource Center Director Becky Wilson reminded parents that their SCPS child must be present to receive the supplies.
Students must complete the hearing screening to enter drawings for the backpacks and must complete the vision screening to enter the drawings for gift cards.
Love My Neighbor thrift store at 851 Taylorsville Road will also be open from 9 a.m. until noon to assist in meeting student clothing needs. Parents needing financial assistance with clothing or household items are encouraged to share those needs with Love My Neighbor staff.
Wilson said Healthfair and Readifest preregistration forms were distributed in the mail to all SCPS families. Students who bring their registration form already completed to Readifest will be entered in a drawing to win a Country Mart gift card.
Anyone participating should allow at least one hour to complete the event. Students should be accompanied by an adult.