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NISD hosts ‘one-stop’ student shop

10th annual health fair brings in 174 kids

NEDERLAND — Amara Hammer, 8, clamped her lips tight and held her breath while a Lamar State College-Port Arthur cosmetology student deftly trimmed Amara’s hair to frame her face Monday morning.

While Nederland Independent School District students and their younger siblings chattered around her, Amara stayed quiet and still — occasionally side-eying her mother a few feet away in the C.O. Wilson Middle School cafeteria.

“She hates having her hair messed with,” her mom, Claire Hammer, said before redirecting her attention back to Amara. “You’re doing good, mama.”

Gena Phelps, right, introduces her 2-year-old niece Kaelyne Linscomb to Nederland High School mascot Big Ned during the 10th annual NISD health fair Monday morning at C.O. Wilson Middle School.

Gena Phelps, right, introduces her 2-year-old niece Kaelyne Linscomb to Nederland High School mascot Big Ned during the 10th annual NISD health fair Monday morning at C.O. Wilson Middle School.

Claire — with Amara and 10-year-old Wyatt in tow — was just one of 70 parents who took advantage of the 10th annual NISD student health fair Monday morning.

“So far, we’ve had haircuts and picked up school supplies, socks and underwear, and just walked around to see what else they have this year,” Claire said.

A total of 174 children roamed the C.O. Wilson Middle School cafeteria Monday, where booths offered school supplies and clothes, face painting and athletics physicals, milk and yogurt samples, and school information packets and applications.

Gena Phelps brought seven kids to the health fair Monday and said between all of them, there wasn’t a booth untouched by her family.

“I brought my five kids, my niece and my nephew today. I’m brave,” Gena said with a laugh. “We come every year, and they always try to add something to it. This year, they’ve added the athletics physicals from First Response Urgent Care and the socks and underwear donations from First United Methodist Church.

Rustin Linscomb, 5, gets his face painted at the Key Club booth during the 10th annual NISD health fair Monday morning at C.O. Wilson Middle School.

Rustin Linscomb, 5, gets his face painted at the Key Club booth during the 10th annual NISD health fair Monday morning at C.O. Wilson Middle School.

“I thought the socks and underwear booth was really cool — because a lot of times you forget to really stock up on all basics. And you know I appreciate all the help I can get with the school supplies they’re handing out this year. I like it because the kids can get their faces painted, try out the samples from Borden’s and meet Big Ned while I’m picking up everything they need to get back to school.”

Nederland ISD will begin the 2015-16 school year on Aug. 24. For more information on back-to-school needs, visit NISD website or download the district app.

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