On Wednesday, August 24, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission’s Connecting Families to School program will give away 1,000 book bags filled with school supplies like notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and rulers to help prepare Boston students for the upcoming school year.
This seventh annual event will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 650 Dudley Street in Dorchester.
“Getting kids the supplies they need for school will help them succeed,” said Mayor Menino. “That’s good for Boston students and good for Boston communities.”
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, said, “I’m proud that every year at this event, the community comes together to help prepare students for the new school year and promote academic success in the city.”
Dr. Ferrer will be joined at the event by local officials, business leaders, and volunteers who will staff information tables and provide free health screenings, raffles, prizes, food, and entertainment.
Students must be accompanied by a parent or caretaker and provide proof of enrollment to receive a book bag. Families can preregister for the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book bag giveaway is made possible by additional contributions from Neighborhood Health Plan, a nonprofit health maintenance organization; the Ray and Jan Kroc Corps Community Center; Touch 106.1 FM; and the Youth Development Network, a program of the Boston Public Health Commission.