By Amira Van Leeuwen

COUNTY OF HAYS – The local Hays County Health Department has partnered with Christus Trinity Clinic to host their Back to School Fair at 1401 Broadway St., Ste. A in San Marcos from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays.

While the event was held in San Marcos, all Hays County residents were invited to attend.

The event offered an assortment of brochures for different support services, including youth recovery, Medicaid, and children’s health insurance program benefits.

Photo by Amira Van Leeuwen Parents As Teachers brochure detailing program services.

Hays County Food Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Parents as Teachers, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Cenikor Foundation and San Marcos Police and Fire Departments were all in attendance.

Parents As Teachers is an organization that promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging parents and caregivers. The organization’s biggest clients are Child Protective Services, parents looking for parenting classes, and teenagers who don’t know how to parent because they are children themselves.

Margie Rodriguez, clinic manager for the local Hays County Health Department, said they provide needed resource information to much of the community.

“Vaccinations are an essential part of preparing for your children’s return to school,” Rodriguez said in an online press release. “For the remainder of this week, we will also be offering free back-to-school vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured children 18 and under at the health department.”

While the kids waited for their shots, they could enjoy the bouncy house, get face painting, or get a balloon animal. Children could also collect bookmarks, stress balls, crayons and bracelets, as well as small bags of popcorn, popsicles and toys.

Vaccinations will continue to be administered through August 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 401 Broadway St., Ste. A in San Marcos.