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Back-to-school festivities highlight the week

Parenthood is unusually expensive in the United States, due to the high cost of private education and a lack of public subsidies for childcare.
Parenthood is unusually expensive in the United States, due to the high cost of private education and a lack of public subsidies for childcare. AP

Support for area police officers is on the agenda this week, as well as for parents and children preparing for the upcoming school year.

On Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Pascagoula Public Library will host a reading workshop for parents and caregivers of preschool children. The information will cover literacy skills, reading strategies and tips provided by the American Library Association. Materials will be provided. Details: 769-3060.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Gulfport will have a Back-to-School Health and Wellness Fair at the Barksdale Pavilion. The fair will feature more than 50 health, wellness, safety and educational vendors. Children’s activities include train rides, an imagination playground, tennis demonstrations, fitness demonstrations, musical performance and more. Children will receive a free drawstring backpack and school supplies.

New Birth Full Gospel Baptist Church in Gulfport will host a back-to-school bookbag giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Festivities include face painting, bounce houses, music, basketball and refreshments.

Also at 3 p.m. Saturday, Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is planned at the Jackson County Civic Center for law enforcement officers and their families. Officers and families will be served food, and there will be door prizes and entertainment for kids. At 6 p.m., Derek Norsworthy and Cole Jones will perform a musical concert.

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