• Saint Louis Public Schools and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will co-present the annual Saint Louis Public Schools Back to School and Community Empowerment Festival on Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. It is free for all city residents.

    This year’s festival will feature a main stage on the arena floor, where student performances and academic showcases will be highlighted. Free school supplies will be given to students while supplies last. A free lunch will also be served.

    SLPS officials will be on hand to assist with transportation, enrollment and other school-related questions and concerns. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors will offer important school-related information for parents and students.

    Free parking will be available in the SLU garage on Compton and Olive. For more information on the festival, call 314-615-3610 or visit www.slps.org/festival. Classes for Saint Louis Public Schools begin Wednesday, August 17.