NYC Council Member of Bronx District 13, Mark Gjonaj attended the WSBID Back to School event on August 23, and assisted in handing out backpacks to many schoolchildren in the community. The fun-filled event, a collaboration with the NYPD, provided free backpacks and other school supplies to needy families. A face painter was on hand, bringing smiles to many, and the bounce house was filled with the laughter of children. In all, hundreds of backpacks, goodies, and useful information and services was made available to the WS community.
Another successful back-to-school health and wellness event took place on August 17 at the Lehman High School Athletic Field where backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to children attending the event. This event focused on health and wellness and offered free blood pressure screenings, giveaways and information on where to obtain a variety of health services.