Jefferson County Health and Education Committee

The Jefferson County Health and Education Committee is a partnership of local non-profits and area health and social service organizations. The committee meets throughout the year to evaluate the needs of the community and organize fundraising activities to fund the Back-to-School Fair.

We are always looking for new members and new ideas. If you would like to get involved please contact Nancy Pope at or (636) 931-7696.

Each year the Jefferson County Education Committee hosts the Jefferson County Health and Education Fair. The fair is designed to provide free school supplies to registered low income verified children in Jefferson County School Districts. Each registered child receives a backpack, age and school approved school supplies, hearing and vision screening tests, a dental screening and referral, a haircut, healthy snacks and lunch, books, health and wellness screenings, as well as information regarding school lunch programs, insurance, and much much more. All of these services are provided at no cost to the children and families.

The 2016 fair was a success and served over 700 children, we are already working on details for 2017. Please check back for updates.

For registration information please contact DRA at (636) 931-7696 or Jefferson Franklin Community Action at (636) 789-2686.

Total Stats for 2016:

657 children attended the Jefferson County Health and Education Fair.

Back packs and school supplies were given to 736 children. (We gave our back packs and school supplies to families that could not make it to the fair until August 12th.)

82 individuals received hearing and or vision screenings. 

540 children received dental screenings

             13 received dental services  

144 children received haircuts.

27 students received free sport physical.

3 children received immunizations.

576 children received a free hot lunch from Operation Food Search.

There were 32 vendors available to give families health or education information.

The Jefferson County Health and Education Committee would like to say thank you to our many community partners that made it possible to distribute backpacks and school supplies.

We would like to thank our Post-Secondary Sponsors for their generous donations:
Aetna Insurance Company
H.W. Herrell Distributing Company
Our Lady’s Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Post-Dispatch Old Newsboys
Twin City Community Chest
Wal-Mart – DeSoto & Festus

Fundraising for the fair occurs year round and we are always looking for volunteers and businesses willing to sponsor a fundraising event. Sponsorship levels and advertising options are also available for individuals and businesses willing to sponsor the fair itself. 100% of the money raised for the fair goes back into buying school supplies and any help is most appreciated.

Please call to get involved and check back often to learn more about our upcoming fundraising events.

For more information please contact Nancy at (636) 931-7696 or

Check Out Our Back-to-School Fair Photo Gallery

2016 Back-to-School Fair

Title VI Notice

Disability Resource Association complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." For more information on the DRA Title VI program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact the DRA Executive Director at 636-931-7696; or visit our administrative office at 130 Brandon Wallace Way, Festus MO.63028. More information is available on our Title VI page.