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Back to School Fair to be held July 28 at ONU

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. [

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