More than 500 children receive backpacks

More than 500 children receive backpacks
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Senator Kevin Parker partnered with several service organizations, to host his 11th Annual Free Harvest Festival and Back to School celebration, on Saturday, Aug. 25, during an afternoon of entertainment and backpack giveaway, at Paerdegat Park in Brooklyn.

The politician said he wanted to make sure young people are not only prepared for the new school year, but feel that going back to school is a good thing, and are excited about learning and achieving.

“We know how hard it is for parents to get their children ready for school with pencils, books, and pens, and other items,” said Sen. Parker, who thanked Sears Department Store. He noted that with a big donation from Sears this took the festival to another level.

He called the support of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Rho Omega Chapter phenomenal, and thanked cable giant Spectrum, and Health First for their great support.

“I want to thank everyone for their contribution. I am happy about the partnerships, and happy to service the community in this way,” added Sen. Parker, who represents the 21st Senate District constituency of East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, and BoroPark.

Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Rho Omega Chapter, who have faithfully served the Brooklyn community and beyond, for 69 years through its membership, packed more than 2000 backpacks, according to Karen St. Hilaire, first vice president. She said that the organization was always pleased to partner with Sen. Parker to bring service to the community.

“We are excited to be a part of this celebration, and look forward year after year for the opportunity to partner with Sen. Parker. We also partner in a mammography outreach, Prom Dress giveaway, and a financial program,” noted St. Hilaire, who estimated 500 children were present in the park at the time this reporter stopped by.

The students, who stood on long lines to receive their free book bags, were entertained by Sesame Flyers dancers, recorded music, and also treaded to hot dogs, and popcorn.

Other partners included, the American Red Cross, CAMBA, Beat Betes — diabetes prevention organization, Kmart, NYC Emergency Management, IDNYC, Good Shepherd Services, the Flatbush YMCA and NYC Sanitation.

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