Since they spend a good portion of their day inside a classroom, it's important for students to be physically and mentally sound.

With that very thought in mind, Palmerton Area School District has decided to hold its first annual Back to School Health and Services Fair.

The event, sponsored by the S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center, and Towamensing Elementary PTOs, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at the high school.

Local professionals will be on hand to provide free information and screenings, such as blood pressure checks, stroke education, and free massages, said Jamie Drake, vice president of the Towamensing P.T.O.

Also, there will be presentations scheduled all day in the auditorium, said Drake, who will co-chair the event with Becky Anthony and Beth Brong.

She said the Attorney General's office will speak about identity theft and cyberbullying, and there will be presentations from Jim Tkach of the Bo Tkach Foundation, as well as the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

Child care for people able to attend will be provided for by National Honor Society students, and there will also be representatives from the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, as well as PASD guidance and school psychologists, Drake said.

For fun, there will also be a book swap to trade for any equal amount of books, a Nintendo DS-XL Game System raffle, a bake sale and refreshments, Drake said.

Drake, who serves as treatment program manager for the Carbon, Monroe, Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, said the event was created through a collaboration with the various P.T.O.s.

"We thought it was important for our families to know about services and activities that they can involve their children in," Drake said. "It's an excellent opportunity to have a variety of services available in the community that many people may not be aware of that could be a benefit to their children and their family."