The annual Cox Back-To-School Fair, the longest-running, most visible school-readiness event in Southern Nevada again will be virtual for 2021 except for two in-person school immunization clinics offered by Immunize Nevada.
The highly interactive virtual platform can be found at www.coxbacktoschoolfair.com and will be live through August 31, 2021. A special live chat event with virtual back-to-school fair participants is planned for Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Immunize Nevada, with Smith’s Pharmacy and FirstMed Health and Wellness Center, will offer school-required immunizations at clinics on Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadows Mall (across from Absolute Dental) and on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boulevard Mall (in front of El Mercado). Click here to make an appointment.
The virtual fair is filled with information and resources for students and families. Cox worked with community partners and organizations to provide school-readiness information 24/7.
The site is organized into sections filled with virtual “booths” to make it easier for users to navigate. Sections include:
· Education: Clark County School District (registration, food service, etc.), College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, and more.
· Health & Immunization: Immunize Nevada (school immunization clinics), dental services and various healthcare partners.
· More Resources: After-school programs including sports, tutoring, personal development, enrichment, volunteer opportunities and more from a variety of nonprofit organizations and community partners.
· Low-cost internet: Cox’s Connect2Compete program is offered to qualified new internet customers who have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home and participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing. Visit www.cox.com/c2c for more information.
· Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: As part of the pandemic stimulus bill passed in late 2020, the US Government, under the FCC, is providing $3.2 billion through the EBB program to help Americans stay connected to the internet. This FCC program, which is open to eligible Americans for only a limited time, is available to provide temporary financial assistance for internet service. Eligible families may qualify to receive up to $50 off their monthly bill based on their current internet service and equipment rental, or up to $75 if they live in a tribal area for as long as government funds remain available. Visit Emergency Broadband Benefit | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov) for more information.
· BONUS – Prizes: Visitors age 18 and older to the virtual Cox Back-To-School Fair can enter for a chance to a MacBook Pro laptop and other valuable prizes.