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Health Fair provides school supplies, services

August 14, 2017

Tachelle Dowell appreciated the Fort Madison Kiwanis Club for sponsoring Saturday’s Health Fair at Fort Madison High School.

The Health Fair was designed to help those in need of assistance for b ack-to-school supplies and general overall help finding services. A free backpack was provided, and there were free back-to-school haircuts from several local hairstylists.

“It’s a great time,” said Dowell, whose daughter, Izzibella Atwater, 6, had her hair cut by Aimee Gauley of Aimee’s Hair Studio.

“There was lots of information to gather, lots of resources,” Dowell said.

But not all of the 125 people who signed by the July 10 deadline showed up to take advantage of the event.

Richardson School kindergarten teacher Dawn Johnson helped coordinate the event and said some may have forgotten since “they registered in July.”

Also, “It’s nice out,” Johnson said.

But all those registered were to receive a personalized backpack with “grade specific supplies and tennis shoes,” Johnson said.

She said some people who didn’t register showed up.

Nonetheless, Johnson saw it as a worthwhile project.

“Because we have that number of students registered and the number who came in shows there is a need in our community,” she said.