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Free back to school health fair Thursday at Oxford’s Avent Park

A night of fun, education, and health are set to take place Thursday, at Avent Park. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. the Family Crisis Services of Northern Mississippi is hosting a free Back to School Night and Health Fair.

“We’re really excited,” said Family Crisis Service representative Mary Margret Chaffee. “Our main goal is to get kids out there to have fun and learn something.”

Chaffee also explained that Back to School Night is for kids of all ages.

For younger kids, there will be various games and learning opportunities. The kids will participate in school bus safety drills and how to handle situations that may occur such as not having a parent at the bus stop.

For the parents, there will be anti-bullying seminars that will give parents tips on how to handle the bullying of their child. This will also include how to handle cyber bullying.

Health and nutrition learning opportunities will also be available for both parents and kids. Southern Star Yoga will also be in attendance at the Health Fair and will be offering yoga lessons for “de-stressing.”

Maria Moya of Moya Tennis Academy will set up shop at the tennis courts for anybody interested in learning the sport.

Resource officers from different schools throughout the county will be available to meet students and help prepare them for the upcoming school year.

Both law enforcement departments will be represented at the Back to School Health Fair. Officer Jeff Keenum of the University Police Department will present a gun safety seminar. Oxford Police Department will have goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol intoxication and will teach the various effects of alcohol to high school students.