COLUMBIA, Mo. – Free school supplies, health screenings and haircuts for students entering grades K-12 are offered at the ninth Boone County Back-to-School Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at University of Missouri Extension’s Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash, Columbia.

Backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, and vision, hearing and dental screenings are available at no charge, said Nick Foster, executive director of the Voluntary Action Center in Columbia. “Getting their children prepared for the new school year is a challenge for all parents. Voluntary Action Center is glad to again be part of this event that provides support for families who need a little extra help.”

Foster recommends that parents accompany their children. Parents who can’t attend are asked to send a note listing their name and Social Security number.

“Family Impact Center is thrilled at the opportunity to host an event that will make a big difference in the lives of families in our community,” said Ashley Guillemette, director of the Family Impact Center and MU Human Environmental Sciences extension associate.

“This event helps prepare students and their families for the school year by providing necessary supplies and health screenings. It’s a huge community benefit,” said Anna Hoskins, social worker for the Family Health Center, a Columbia-based community health care provider.

The Family Impact Center and Family Health Center coordinate the event with the Voluntary Action Center.

For more information about the event, contact Nick Foster at 573-874-2273 or go to For more information about the MU Extension Family Impact Center, contact Ashley Guillemette at 573-882-2428 or go to

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