PORT WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Aug. 13, the Indian Valley Local School District will sponsor its sixth annual Back to School Fair. Parents and caregivers of upcoming students in kindergarten, first and second grades at Midvale Elementary and Port Washington Elementary are invited. Doors will open at 9 a.m. at Port Washington Elementary and the activities last until noon.

The Back to School Fair will give parents and youngsters the opportunity to obtain school information as well as needed supplies and services for the new academic year. All items and services will be free of charge and are only available to those who attend the morning event.

Kindergarten students will receive free book bags while first and second graders can pick up complimentary school supply kits. In addition, there will be haircuts and lice checks along with hearing and vision screenings. Information on dental health will also be available.

Healthy snacks will be offered in the cafeteria. Look for class lists to be posted on the cafeteria walls. Students will be able to get oriented to the "big yellow school bus" just outside the cafeteria doors. Also, the gym will feature approximately 30 community service agencies distributing information on their services. A few of the agencies represented will be Personal and Family Counseling Services, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tuscarawas County, Harcatus Head Start, Fit Youth Initiative, First National Bank, Ohio Optometric Association, Tuscarawas County Office of Recycling and Litter Prevention and Twin City Hospital. A table will be set up for interested alumni to pick up information about the Indian Valley Foundation, a brand-new organization that plans to raise and distribute funds to support classroom learning and provide scholarships for graduates.

Jim Kennedy, Port Washington principal, and Ira Wentworth, Midvale principal, will share emergency dismissal procedures, dress code guidelines and other details. They will also be handing out refrigerator magnets featuring the school calendar. The elementary librarians, computer teacher and Title teachers will share educational Web sites, reading tips and more at the "Get Ready to Learn!" station in the library.

Use the front entrance only and register at the tables in the cafeteria. On-site registration of new students, with proper paperwork, will be completed in the office by the school secretaries. Each child's parent or guardian will receive a card with spaces to fill in with stickers that may be obtained at each of the activity areas. The completed card can be exchanged for the free book bag of supply kits. Only those attending the Back to School Fair and visiting all the stations will be given book bags or school supply kits. Cards will be placed into door prize boxes. Door prizes will be awarded shortly after the school year begins.

Generous donations from the Midvale PTO, Port Washington PTO, OAPSE, Local 474 and several area businesses are helping to support this year's event.

For questions, call Janis Hunter, Curriculum director, at (740) 254-4334.