The Chicago Bears and Bears Care will host the 2012 Back to School Fair during training camp on July 28 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.
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Now in its fourth year, the fair has helped provide thousands of deserving children from Kankakee County with essential services and supplies to lay the foundation for a successful school year.
At the end of the fair, each child will receive a grade-specific, packaged kit with all required supplies for the upcoming school year. A tax deductible $13 donation can purchase supplies for one student for the year. If fans choose, their donation will be recognized with a Bears sticker and their name on the kits they help provide. Fans can donate by visiting www.events.org/fair.
At the fair, over 30 agencies will provide free services including school physicals, vision screening with eyeglasses supplied for those identified as needing correction, a full range of dental care and services, an opportunity to participate in a child ID program and haircuts.
In addition, each child will receive a healthy lunch and five new books. Bears players and coaches will visit the fair along with the team's mascot, Staley. Entertainment will include a DJ, balloon artist and face painting.
Through "Let's Play," a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide, there will be an "Imagination Playground" at the fair as well.
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, the interactive playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. [