Parents will have a chance to ensure their kids are ready to go back to school this weekend with a free, ‘one-stop-shop’ in Ardmore Central Park.
Ardmore Literacy Leadership, a co-op of various literacy organizations including The Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma, Boys and Girls Clubs of Carter County, Ardmore Public Library and more, will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.
Event organizer and Ardmore Public Library Literacy Coordinator Elizabeth Gaylor said several tables containing everything from colored pencils to glue sticks will be available to the public.
“By the time they go through all of the tables and go through all of the free services, they’ll have a bag full of supplies,” Gaylor said. “They’ll end up with like 15 items in their bag of various different school supplies and we also give away backpacks.”
Every other table will have information from Ardmore Literacy Leadership member organizations and various community organizations, Gaylor said.
This year, Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, the Ardmore Fire Department and more will be at the event to educate parents on their services.
Haircuts and dental, eye-sight, and hearing screenings will also be available to children at no cost during the event, Gaylor said.
“It’s important to provide these services to the community because there are a lot of people who need and benefit from having this event,” Gaylor said. “It’s one less thing for the parents to stress about and the kids don’t have to stress about not having enough school supplies for school. We just try to ease the burden.”