Plain Local is hosting its annual Kindergarten Registration Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at GlenOak High School on Schneider Road.

Plain Local is hosting its annual Kindergarten Registration Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at GlenOak High School on Schneider Road.

The event is held every year to give parents and children a chance to meet the principals, talk with kindergarten teachers and have some fun along the way.

Mary Beddell, the district's public relations director, said while the district registers kids year round, the goal for the registration fair day is to prepare children for the Little Eagles Plain Local All-Day Kindergarten Program. The event provides the opportunity for parents to learn about the district. It also provides the kids with the opportunity to familiarize with school before their first day.

“We try to make the fair a positive experience for both the parents and the children,” Beddell said. “Generally, we register around 500 kindergartners per year and last year we registered close to 300 during fair day. It really gives the parents the ability to get the process started early, to learn more about the district and ask all the questions they have for the principals and the teachers.”

Each child gets a t-shirt and gets to meet the principal of the school they will be attending. The parents and the kids also get to meet the child's kindergarten teacher.

Beddell said they plan to have activities in the room for the kids to do while the parents are busy filling out paperwork. There will be a number of community  agencies and organizations available for parents to stop and talk with before or after registering their child.

Organizations such as Mercy Medical Center, the YMCA from North Canton and Myers Lake, Stark County District Library, Early Childhood Resource Center and the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center will be on hand. The Stark County Sherriff will also be there doing identifications for kids.

“We are always excited to offer our families a good experience signing their child up for kindergarten, especially those signing up a child for the first time. The day is a really good experience for everyone including the kids,” Beddell said.