Washington Park donates 600 backpacks to community as kids go back to school

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Families got together at the Washington Park Back to School Bash and Health Fair at Washington Park on Saturday, August 16.

They were celebrating the end of summer break and preparing to return to school. Children who came could receive a free book bag containing school supplies. There were 600 book bags available. They could also receive health screenings.

It was a fun event with music, hot dogs and other food and a bounce house. Many of those who came were able to enjoy a social occasion.

Nadine McCrea, founder of the event said she began the Back to School Bash as a way to help the community “I first began having a back to school event at my house in 1982 just to help children in my neighborhood. It became so big that we moved it to Washington Park. There are many people in this neighborhood who need help and I want to help them,” said McCrea.

Pat Brown, of the Southside Riders Motorcycle Club volunteered along with his daughters Jada Brown and Sierra Brown. “We want to help our community and giving children book bags to prepare for school is one way we can help people, said Pat Brown. His two daughters were glad to be part of positive community event.

Marika Guyton, coordinator of the event was pleased to see people having fun before the beginning of school. “We want to help people in the community and children need book bags and school supplies,” she said.





Nadine McCrea founder of the Washington Park Back to School Bash and Health Fair.


Jada Brown and Sierra Brown with their father Pat Brown at the Washington Park Back to School Bash on August 16. They volunteered at the event. 


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