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IHS, IPS to Host Free Back-to-School Festival

July 17, 2017

Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) are teaming up to make sure students have a positive start to the new school year. Tuesday, July 25, the Back-to-School Festival, presented by IHS and IPS, will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. IHS will offer free admission to all guests. In addition, students and their families will find school resources and medical services.

A highlight of the Back-to-School Festival will be a school fair providing resources on topics ranging from after-school activities and mentoring to scholarships and tutoring. The fair will also feature a booth by Enroll Indy, an organization affiliated with IPS, focused on helping families with school selection and registration.

Medical services will include required back-to-school vaccines, available through Franciscan Health. Vaccines are free with proof of Medicaid. There is no out-of-pocket cost for guests in the Franciscan Health Network. Otherwise, there’s a small cost of $10 each. Also, a licensed dentist, with the mobile group Dental Safari Company, will provide student exams complete with cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, as needed.

Performances by Traci's Urban Jamm Dance Studio will take place inside the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater. Outside the History Center, the Pacers Fan Van will feature games, prizes and the chance for fans to measure their hand and foot sizes against those of a Pacers player.

Back-to-School Festival guests are also encouraged to take full advantage of admission to IHS's award-winning Indiana Experience, featuring interactive You Are There exhibits and the virtual time-travel technology of Destination Indiana.

"Indianapolis Public Schools is excited that our students will get free access to the wonderful educational offerings at the Indiana Historical Society," said Carrie Cline Black, IPS spokesperson. "Add to that medical services and information to prepare children to head back to school—and you have a fun-filled day that will have a lasting impact!"

While the Back-to-School Festival is the first event of its kind hosted in partnership with IHS and IPS, the organizations have long shared the same end goal.

"The Indiana Historical Society is proud to partner with Indianapolis Public Schools on the Back-to-School Festival, because both organizations think year-round learning is important," said Becky Schlomann, IHS education coordinator. "At the Indiana Historical Society, we do history. In our hands-on exhibits, IPS families will learn lots of great Hoosier stories while also having fun."

Back-to-School Festival events will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with IHS continuing to offer free admission until its regular closing time of 5 p.m. Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The History Center is also located along several IndyGo bus routes.

More information on the Back-to-School Festival is available online at www.indianahistory.org and www.myips.org. For social media updates, follow IHS (@IndianaHistory) and IPS (@IPSSchools) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Back-to-School Festival Schedule

Eli Lilly Hall
Back-to-School Festival
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
100 Black Men, Indiana Commission for Higher Education/21st Century Scholar Program, ISO Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, School on Wheels Indianapolis

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Boy Scouts of America, Enroll Indy, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Strings & Jazzy Things

Frank and Katrina Basile Theater
Musical and theatrical performances
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Traci's Urban Jamm Dance Studio

Canal Level
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dental Safari Company
Student dental exams

Franciscan Health
Back-to-school immunizations

Parking Lot
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pacers Fan Van
Prize wheel with free giveaways, photo booth, corn hole and interactive activity allowing fans to measure their hand and foot against that of a Pacers player