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Fair to offer free school supplies, physicals, treats and fun

THE VILLE – Think you can school someone in basketball? If so, grab a couple of schoolmates and dribble on over to CareSTL’s Ville location, at 2425 Whittier Street. 

Along with free school supplies, the clinic’s annual School Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday will feature a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.  

“We try to do something different every year, and we’re at a larger site where we can offer more activities,” said Deneen Busby, CareSTL’s director of marketing and communications. 

Staff will be on hand to offer students physicals and immunizations. There will be a clothing closet, hair cutting and school supplies including book bags. 

“This way they will able to get some things they may need for school, so the kids are prepared, and we know the more kids are prepared the more successful they will be,” Busby said. 

As for school health requirements, Busby said, “they can have that done so they don’t have to miss the first day of school and parents won’t have to take off work to take them to the clinic.” 

Area students will also have multiple choices of snacks and fun. Hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones are on the snack menu, and a free ice cream truck is always a big hit. Merriment includes a bouncy house, face painting and the Madden Game Truck. 

Every year the clinic expects between 500 and 1,200 participants. 

“Our patients look forward to our health fair every year,” said CareSTL Health Chief Executive Officer Angela Clabon. 

The clinic also makes mobile health rounds to St. Louis Public Schools during the school year. 

CareSTL is the first of its kind in the region. It is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center dedicated to providing affordable, comprehensive and high-quality health care services in underserved areas throughout the greater St. Louis region. 

As a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), each year the organization provides primary-care medical services, dental services, behavioral health services, vision services and chiropractic care services to nearly 30,000 patients. The clinic’s footprint spans more than five sites dispersed throughout some of the most economically distressed neighborhoods in the entire region.

Bill Beene Bill Beene was born and raised in north St. Louis. He has been a journalist for 12 years. He enjoys cooking and roller skating. He lives in the historic Ville neighborhood.

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