More Than 1,000 Kids to Receive Backpacks and School Supplies, Saturday

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National Make A Difference Day

Councilmember Al Austin and the Andy Street Community Association are joining together to help more than 1,000 kids get ready for the start of school.

On Saturday, schoolchildren are scheduled to receive backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as free haircuts, health screenings and free food at the “Back to School Summer Blast.” During the event, there will also be an opportunity for community members to provide input on what they would like Phase II of Davenport Park to look like.

The free end of summer event takes place on Saturday, August 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at “Pops” Davenport Park, located at 2910 E. 55th Way, just off of Paramount Blvd. between Market and South streets in Long Beach.

“I am proud to partner with the community to ensure our kids are healthy and have the tools to learn and be prepared for school,” said Councilmember Austin, who represents the Eighth District. “I am also excited to hear from the community about what they would like to see in Phase II of Davenport Park.”

The event will offer games, prizes, resources, entertainment and fun for kids of all ages and the entire family.

Covered California will be represented and St. Mary Medical Center will be providing health screenings.

There will be music and several resource booths, and the Long Beach Police Officers Association will be providing free hot dogs.

Staff from Long Beach’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will be present to gather input on the next phase of Davenport Park, an additional 5.6 acres that will be completed following environmental remediation required because of the park’s location on a former landfill site.

The Making Connections Alliance, of which the Andy Street Community is a member, was started as a way to bring social service coordinators and property managers of local affordable housing developments together. The affordable housing developments taking part in the event are: Northpointe Apartment Homes, Andy Street Community Association, Pacific City Lights and Long Beach & Burnett Apartments. The YMCA and Boys and Girls Club are also participating.

For more information about the event call (562) 570-6685 or (562) 513-5354.

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