VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Schleck
Date: 08/01/23 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 001 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Free services, fun and backpacks available
at the VBCPS Back-to-School Care Fair

Virginia Beach City Public Schools will host a Back-to-School Care Fair on Aug. 12 to help families connect with valuable resources in the division and community. Due to the tremendous popularity of this event, this year’s care fair will be at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. VBCPS is also arranging bus transportation to the event for several communities.

The Care Fair is free, open to all VBCPS families and will feature more than 100 youth-serving community partners. With family-friendly entertainment, raffles, a backpack giveaway and fun activities, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Giveaways include books, door prizes and free backpacks for the first 2,000 students.

Back-to-School Care Fair
Event Date: Aug. 12, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Students will also receive free haircuts, vision screenings, school entry physicals, required school vaccinations for seventh and 12th graders and posture screenings. Sports physicals are not offered at this event. To receive a physical and/or vaccinations, parents should bring an ID, vaccination record and insurance card (if available).

Interpreters will be available on site.

Event participants have a great opportunity to learn about the following programs and resources:

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Special Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Sports and PE
  • Healthcare Resources
  • Literacy Programs
  • Pre-K Programs
  • After School Programs
  • Community Service Programs
  • Environmental Education
  • Wellness Resources
  • Mental Health Support Programs
  • English Language Learner Resources
  • Job Opportunities
  • On-site interviews
  • Financial Literacy Programs

Community partners for the 2023 Back-to-School Care Fair include Virginia Beach Education Foundation, Coastal Edge, Beach Municipal Credit Union, Rudy & Kelly Academy, Colgate Smiles for Children, the Lions Club and many more. For questions about the event or how to become a community partner, please contact Jennifer McGowan, Coordinator of School and Community Partnerships, by calling 757-263-1799 or by emailing at [email protected].

VB Schools Back to School Care Fair Transportation Information

Bus A - Bayside Middle School and Newtown Elementary School
Bus B - Bayside Elementary School, Luxford Elementary School and Bayside 6th Grade Campus
Bus C - Birdneck Elementary School
Bus D - Green Run Elementary School, Holland Elementary School and Rosemont Elementary School
Bus E - Lynnhaven Elementary School and Brookwood Elementary School
Bus F - Point O’View Elementary School and Parkway Elementary School
Bus G - College Park Elementary School

Buses will repeat runs from the convention center and back throughout the event.
During the first run, buses will leave the first stop at 9:25 a.m. and approximately every 45-60 minutes after.
The last run from each location to the Virginia Beach Convention Center will be approximately 1 p.m. Buses will unload and reload in front of the convention center. Look for your bus letter.
The last run from the convention center back to the original pick-up locations will be at 2 p.m.


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