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Don't hate us.
But school is fast approaching.
We know. We're cringing, too.
Depending on your district, some kiddos go back earlier than others. Sorry, Vail! (The district went back Monday). The rest of the Tucson-area districts go back in early August.
As you begin to (slowly) turn toward the 2019-2020 school year, there are a few things to consider so your family can start strong.
Even if you don't have classroom lists yet, you can stock up on the basics. A number of local organizations are hosting back-to-school celebrations that give away free backpacks and school supplies.
Vaccinations and physicals
Now's a good time to make sure your kids are up-to-date with their vaccinations. Also, if you have an aspiring athlete, you'll want to make sure you get a sports physical done.
If you live in the boundaries of Sunnyside Unified School District, check out their Back to School Wellness Fair Thursday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon at the Los Ranchitos Administration Annex, 2054 E. Ginter Road. In addition to giving out free backpacks, the fair will offer vaccinations for school-aged children, dental screenings, sports physicals and health screenings for adults. Go here for more information.
As you're shopping for back-to-school clothes, consider doing a kid closet purge, too.
Many of the districts have resource centers with clothing banks, where families in the district can get clothes, backpacks and shoes free of charge. By donating gently-used or new clothing, you can help other families get ready for the new school year, too. Note that hours may be affected by summer break.
Marana Unified School District: Go here for more information.
Sign up now for the KIDCO Afterschool program
Registration is open now for KIDCO Afterschool for the 2019-2020 school year. This program from Tucson Parks and Recreation offers safe and structured activities for youth, a discount program for city residents and payment plans.
Activities include sports, games, nutrition, fitness, arts and crafts, performing arts, and special events. Register online here by entering KIDCO in the search field.