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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Where can you go to get a haircut, dental screening and a new pair of shoes? For parents and students in Mercer County, Readi Fest provides an opportunity to check of many back-to-school needs in one place.

This was the fourth year for the event, held at Mercer County High School. The goal is to remove barriers for students and their families at the beginning the school year. District Health Coordinator Angie McDonald said the event has gotten bigger every year. Almost 400 students benefited from Readi Fest this year.

Students can get physicals, dental screenings, eye exams and hearing screenings. They also can get a haircut, a pair of shoes and school supplies.

“We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community that believes in the importance of Readi Fest,” McDonald said.

Elementary students peek inside of the high school while waiting for Readi Fest to begin at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Elementary students peek inside of the high school while waiting for Readi Fest to begin at Mercer County High School.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Mercer County Elementary School 1st-grade teacher Paula Russell greeted student Keegan Blacheter with a high-five after he proclaimed, "You're going to be my teacher!" as she signed him in during Readi Fest at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Mercer County Elementary School 1st-grade teacher Paula Russell greeted student Keegan Blacheter with a high-five after he proclaimed, “You’re going to be my teacher!” as she signed him in during Readi Fest.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
First-grade student Darius Young has his vision checked during Mercer County Readi Fest at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
First-grade student Darius Young has his vision checked.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Mercer County student Emma Drew has her vision checked by Jonathan Mink from Quality Care for Kids during the Readi Fest at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Mercer County student Emma Drew has her vision checked by Jonathan Mink from Quality Care for Kids.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Salon owner Gail Brown gives a haircut to 6th-grade student Christian Lanham at the Mercer County Readi Fest at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Salon owner Gail Brown gives a haircut to 6th-grade student Christian Lanham.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Kindergarten student Savannah Devine laughs while showing her missing teethTara Jefferson, a dentist with the School Smiles program, gives a dental screening to kindergarten student Savannah Devine during Mercer County Readi Fest at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Kindergarten student Savannah Devine laughs while showing her missing teeth to Tara Jefferson, a dentist with the School Smiles program, during a dental screening.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Dale Wohner, Breanna Baker and Brianna Wimsatt list as Dana Anderson explains 4-H opportunities during the Mercer County Readi Fest at Mercer County High School.  Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015
Dale Wohner, Breanna Baker and Brianna Wimsatt listen as Dana Anderson explains 4-H opportunities.
Photo by Amy Wallot, July 20, 2015

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