Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings believes one of society’s most important roles is educating youth, both inside and outside the classroom, so that they become contributing members to their community upon graduation. With a cradle-to-college approach, Mayor Rawlings has identified three key educational initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of Dallas children, thanks to generous support from the business and nonprofit community, individuals and foundations.


Back to School Fair

The biggest back-to-school event in Dallas attracts a crowd of 35,000 and provides students and their families essential back-to-school needs, health services and information on educational, social, government and community services.

Approximately 15,000 Pre-K to 12th grade school children receive free school supplies, and 7,000 elementary-age kids receive backpacks, while fairgoers receive free health, dental and vision screenings.

Kids also receive free haircuts, immunizations, books, other school-supply related giveaways and, in some cases, prescription eyeglasses. School supplies and backpacks are made available to families who reside in the City of Dallas or attend Dallas ISD schools and meet income eligibility guidelines. With over 200 sponsors and partners, the Fair provides a wealth of services and information so kids are ready to learn the very first day of school.

Get Involved! Become a Program Sponsor or host a backpack or school supply drive.


Intern Fellows Program

This eight-week paid summer internship program, modeled after the White House Fellows, introduces Dallas public high school students to careers and employment opportunities in industries and companies where they have expressed interest.

Serving students who are likely to be the first in their families to attend college, the program is an investment in Dallas’ youth, our public education system, and our city’s future workforce.

In the 2017 program, 1,930 students applied, 1150 qualified for the Job Fair and 392 students landed coveted summer internships with more than 240 area businesses and nonprofits. All qualifying students received 10 hours of workforce training and interns received an additional 22 hours of work-readiness training prior to their internships.

Get Involved! Sponsor an intern at your workplace or at a local nonprofit, or become a Program Sponsor.


Summer Reading Club

Summer reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, enhances comprehension and improves vocabulary. Most importantly, year-round reading helps prevent summer-learning loss, plus it’s fun!

For these reasons and more, the Dallas Public Library, Dallas ISD and the Mayor’s Office join together to host the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, which reaches over 35,000 children and adults each summer. The free 10-week program is a family affair and encourages reading for all ages.

Young readers earn prizes that include new books and tickets to museums and cultural programs, sporting events and more. Families can also participate in weekly STEAM activities –– with a science, technology, engineering, art and math focus –– as well as other educational programs at all 29 Dallas library locations.

Get Involved! Become a Program Sponsor, provide reading incentive prizes, or host a book drive and donate new children’s books.

Get Involved Today!

For more information or to participate in any of the Mayor’s Education Initiatives, please contact Angela Shellene at ashellene@thereedsprc.com or call 214-871-0783.