Free Fair Offers Fun and Motivation to Area Children Going Back to School

Aug 3, 2016

Children can dress up in attire suited for the career of their dreams, learn about physics through hands-on experiments, or participate in any other of a number of educational activities at the “Back to School Bonanza” Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Hosted by The University of Scranton Class of 2020 in cooperation with campus and community partners, the fair is a free event geared to children from 3 to 12 years of age and their families.

The event will include “Art with Hope Horn Gallery,” community health activities, face-painting, crafts, refreshments and prizes. The Bookmobile and a fire truck will also be on hand among more than 30 family-oriented activities and educational games planned for the bonanza. University student clubs Royal Singers and Urban Beats will perform along with local dance ensembles.

The Back to School Bonanza is one of the University’s Fall Welcome activities for its Class of 2020. It is offered by the University’s Center for Student Engagement, Office of Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, the Jesuit Center and the Office of Community Relations in partnership with community partners: Lackawanna County, La Festa Italiana,, Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Scranton School District, State Representative Frank Farina, State Representative Marty Flynn and other community organizations that will provide interactive activities.

The event will be cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall.

For additional information, call 570-941-4419 or email

Representatives from The University of Scranton met with community partners to plan its “Back to School Bonanza,” a free fair for area children and their families set for Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Front row, from left: Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick O’Malley and Laureen Cummings; Patricia O’Rourke Cummings, coordinator of clubs, organizations and student government at The University of Scranton; and Julie Schumacher Cohen, director of community and government relations at The University of Scranton. Back row: Thom Welby, chief of staff for State Rep. Marty Flynn; Thomas Tulaney II, La Festa Italiana; and Justin MacGregor, community relations, Scranton School District.

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