The Houston Fire Department and the Care Van program are providing FREE immunizations to UNINSURED and MEDICAID children.
They cannot service children with CHIP insurance.  All children must accompanied by their parents or legal guardian and bring current shot records.

The free immunizations are today, Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility,
8030 Braniff, Houston, Texas 77061


Over this past sales tax holiday weekend, some 25,000 students got a head start with free school supplies at the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest on Saturday, August 11th at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Photo Courtesy: Mayor’s Office

Mayor Sylvester Turner and University of Houston President Renu Khator welcomed  thousands of students and their families to the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest.

The annual festival provided Houston elementary school students from low-income families with free school supplies, immunizations, health screenings, haircut vouchers, underwear and other items. The festival also connected families to health and social services.

One in 4 Texas children live in poverty, the city says, and the Mayor’s festival’s goal was to help change their futures in school.

“Many Houston families simply can’t afford school supplies,” said Mayor Turner. “I want to thank our sponsors for stepping up to the plate to help. Due to their generosity, thousands of kids will have the tools they need to start the school year off right.”

“As Founding, Presenting Sponsor, the Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest demonstrates the power of community, education and business working together to improve outcomes in student achievement,” said Frazier Wilson, Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation and Manager, Workforce & Diversity Outreach.

This year’s festival also displayed the Texas Alliance for Minority Engineers, (TAME)Trailblazer with STEM activities managed by Shell technical experts and Shell’s award winning Number 22 NASCAR. The innovative racing simulators also excited the students who attended the Back to School festival.

“It is important that our young Houstonians go back to school healthy, prepared, and ready to learn.  We hope their visit will inspire them to focus, study hard, graduate, and then come back and become Cougars!  We are especially happy to note that Mayor Sylvester Turner is a UH alumnus, and we are proud to partner with him and the City of Houston on this important annual event” said UH President Khator.

Advance registration was required to attend the festival. If your family was unable to attend the Mayor’s Back to School Festival, call the 2-1-1 United Way Helpline for referrals to community agencies offering back-to-school supplies and assistance.

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