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A volunteer gave out backpacks to children today at the annual Back-to-School Fair at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The fair also was held at another location, the Boys and Girls Club in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A volunteer gave out backpacks to children today at the annual Back-to-School Fair at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The fair also was held at another location, the Boys and Girls Club in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

Thousands of Wyandotte County students will be ready for the first day of school, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers today at the Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair.

The Back-to-School Fair was held Saturday morning at Kansas City Kansas Community College and the Boys and Girls Club of Wyandotte County.

Andrica Wilcoxen, director of student activities at KCKCC, said the turnout this morning was great.

“We have supplies for 5,000 students in Wyandotte County, with backpacks filled with school supplies, for prekindergarten to 12th grade students,” she said.

“’Every child ready Day One’ is our slogan,” she said. It is a positive and empowering event for everyone involved, she said.

Kids who go to school with all the supplies and everything they need the first day tend to be more successful and have less behavioral problems in school, she said. It’s also better for the parents, as it prevents parents from feeling embarrassed at not having everything ready for the children, which in turn could lead to parents staying away from interacting with teachers and school groups. If the kids are ready the first day of school, the parents are more likely to be connected, she said.

The fair was for all children in Wyandotte County. The first day of school in the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools is Aug. 10 for prekindergarten to fifth grade, sixth grade and ninth grade students and Aug. 11 for all other students in the district.

The fair also included free sports physicals, vision screening, dental screening, and immunizations. There was also a free lunch for everyone attending. There were 70 exhibitors providing information from the community, Wilcoxen said. Some included free resources and giveaways.

The fair’s major sponsors were the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, Kansas City Kansas Community College and the Board of Public Utilities, and it also had many other sponsors and volunteers, Wilcoxen said.

The event is run by community volunteers from different organizations across Wyandotte County, who come together to make this happen, Wilcoxen said. They are volunteering their time on top of their regular jobs, she added.

She particularly cited Arlana Coleman, chairman of the Back-to-School Fair, as having volunteered the most hours for this effort.

State Sen. Pat Pettey, a retired teacher in the Turner Public Schools, helped distribute backpacks today at the annual Back-to-School Fair. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
State Sen. Pat Pettey, a retired teacher in the Turner Public Schools, helped distribute backpacks today at the annual Back-to-School Fair. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Children attending the Back-to-School Fair today could receive free books from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library. Staffing a booth for the library, at the KCKCC  fair location, were Maria Munoz and Joseph Smith, from the West Wyandotte Library branch. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Children attending the Back-to-School Fair today could receive free books from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library. Staffing a booth for the library, at the KCKCC fair location, were Maria Munoz and Joseph Smith, from the West Wyandotte Library branch. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Children attending the Back-to-School Fair today could receive free books from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library. Staffing a booth for the library, at the KCKCC  fair location, were Maria Munoz and Joseph Smith, from the West Wyandotte Library branch. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Children attending the Back-to-School Fair today could receive free books from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library. Staffing a booth for the library, at the KCKCC fair location, were Maria Munoz and Joseph Smith, from the West Wyandotte Library branch. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Connor Clarkston, left, and Abbey Elsbernd, first-year medical students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, were among the volunteers today at the annual Back-to-School Fair at KCKCC. The volunteers helped with taking patient histories and physicals. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Connor Clarkston, left, and Abbey Elsbernd, first-year medical students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, were among the volunteers today at the annual Back-to-School Fair at KCKCC. The volunteers helped with taking patient histories and physicals. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Regina McKinney, right,  was handing out information about the KidZone before- and after-school enrichment program today at the annual Back-to-School Fair at KCKCC. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Regina McKinney, right, was handing out information about the KidZone before- and after-school enrichment program today at the annual Back-to-School Fair at KCKCC. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The Healthy Communities Wyandotte coalition and the Wyandotte County Health Department were promiting the "1-2-3-4-5 Fittastic" program Saturday at the annual Back-to-School Fair at KCKCC. Staffing the table were Joanna Sabally, left, program coordinator Healthy Communities Wyandotte, and Danielle Landrum, healthy food access advocate for Healthy Communities Wyandotte. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Healthy Communities Wyandotte coalition and the Wyandotte County Health Department were promiting the “1-2-3-4-5 Fit-tastic” program Saturday at the annual Back-to-School Fair at KCKCC. Staffing the table were Joanna Sabally, left, program coordinator Healthy Communities Wyandotte, and Danielle Landrum, healthy food access advocate for Healthy Communities Wyandotte. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

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Kansas City, Kan., are investigating a death in the 500 block of Minnesota Avenue, according to a police spokesman.

Police responded to the scene on Saturday morning around 9:04 a.m. and found an unresponsive female, who was deceased by unknown means, the spokesman said.

At this time the Police Department is giving the incident its full attention until it can determine a cause of death, the police spokesman said.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, which is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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Back-to-School Fair to be Aug. 1

The 14th annual Wyandotte County Back to School Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at two locations, Kansas City Kansas Community College and KCK Boys and Girls Club. Sports physicals, immunizations and school supplies will be some of the many offerings at the annual Wyandotte County Back to School Fair. This year’s fair will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at two locations: Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Boys and Girls Club Wyandotte County Unit, 1240 Troup, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair is open to all families with students who live in Wyandotte County (both public and private school students). Parents must provide proof of residence to participate in the fair. The purpose of the event is to provide a one-stop opportunity for families to prepare for the start of school. Immunizations and sports physicals will be available to the first 400 children (parents must bring a current immunization card or a pre-participation examination form for the physical). Other offerings will include eye screenings (for the first 50 children), books, lunch, book bags with supplies and more. The fair is sponsored by the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, Kansas City Kansas Community College and the Board of Public Utilities.

Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party planned at Main Library

A Summer Reading Wrap-up Party is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., in the storytime-craft room area. There will be musical entertainment by Kim Shope with Kansas City Young Audiences. The party also includes ice cream and summer reading prizes.

Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party planned at West Wyandotte Library

Another Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove will entertain with his songs. Children are invited to attend and may sing, dance and play with the band. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of six or more must call ahead to 913-596-5800, Ext. 1016. The event is free and open to the public

Strawberry Hill Museum open on weekends

The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., is open on the weekends. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The admission charge is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Special tours are available during the week for groups of 20 or more by calling 913-721-0081. The museum’s tea room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.

Wyandotte County Museum open

The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.

Houston visits Sporting KC on Saturday

Sporting KC will put the team’s home unbeaten record (10-0-3 in all competitions in 2015) on the line when they play host to rivals Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The Western Conference clash will air live on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot locally and across the Midwest on SKCTV affiliates with three hours of coverage beginning at 7 p.m.

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