Details on This Year’s MCPS Back-to-School Fair at Wheaton Mall

Per Westfield: Westfield Wheaton will host the annual back-to-school fair in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 26 (two days before students in Montgomery County are scheduled to report back to school on Monday, August 28). The event will take place in The Streetery, the center’s outdoor event and dining space situated between Macy’s and the food court on Parking Level 2. Shoppers and members of the community will have the opportunity to enjoy family-friendly activities while learning more about the school system, county programs and receiving free curriculum resources.

This year’s 2023 Back-to-School Fair promises to be an even more dynamic and informative event. “We are so excited and look forward to welcoming families to the new school year,” said MCPS Superintendent Dr. Monifa B. McKnight. “As we begin our new school year, we are reminded of the importance of our partnerships with families and community and we say, ‘All Together Now”;  an excellent example is our continued partnership with Westfield Wheaton to bring these valuable resources and information to our community. We encourage all MCPS families to engage with the more than 100 offices, businesses and organizations at the fair as we prepare for an amazing school year at MCPS.”

Key highlights of the 2023 fair include:

  • Electric school bus provided by Highland Electric Fleet
  • AskMCPS! table staffed with school system community navigators and representatives

  • Free Kaiser Mobile Health Screenings

  • KID Museum demonstrations (interactive activities for kids and families)

  • Representatives from local theater companies including Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, Adventure Theatre

  • Live entertainment including a DJ, Zumba Dance Performance, and more

  • Health & Wellness Resources, with a focus on mental health

  • Participation by many state, local and county government agencies and organizations

  • Community organizations (non-profits) and Parent-Teacher Associations

  • Emergency Responders, including Montgomery County Police – Community Engagement Division, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, and Rescue One Training for Life

  • Plus much, much more!

In addition to the fair, there will be representatives from MCPS, Board of Education, education associations, student advocacy groups, special education resources, and more. The event will feature a broad range of organizations, all aimed at ensuring that attendees have as many tools and insights to begin the year in a healthy, happy way.

Throughout the rest of summer and into fall, Westfield Wheaton will have additional programs and shopping experiences specific to the local community. The mall’s event program elucidates its unwavering commitment to the families of Montgomery County. “Westfield Wheaton is excited to partner with our MCPS community to help offer local students and their families the information they need for a successful school year ahead,” stated Stuart Amos, General Manager, Westfield Wheaton. “Children are our future, so it’s important that we invest in providing them with the resources  they need to succeed. We’re proud to host this event with MCPS.”

MCPS will offer free shuttles to and from the event from the following MCPS high schools:

  • Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901

  • Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866

  • Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

  • Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

To learn more about the fair, visit:

For more information on Westfield Wheaton Mall, located at 11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902, visit the website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

About Westfield Wheaton Located just north of the Capital Beltway, Westfield Wheaton is in close proximity to three major thoroughfares and is one of the few regional malls within walking distance of a Washington D.C. Metro Rail Station. Wheaton serves a growth-oriented suburban metropolitan region benefiting from a $100 million construction project that includes a new government office building, town square, public parking and numerous private developments in the immediate vicinity. This 1.5 million square foot property features Costco, Macy’s, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods and a popular Giant Food supermarket, as well as such popular brands as H&M, Forever 21, Hollister, Express, Crazy 8, Papaya, Victoria’s Secret, DSW, Vans, Nando’s and AMC Theatres. For more information, please visit:

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