With the book closing on another summer in upper Manhattan, my office hosted our Second Annual Back to School Street Fair. The fair brought families and neighbors throughout our district together to enjoy the last moments of summer and to prepare for the upcoming school year. The incredible turnout and support from community organizations and local vendors made this event a tremendous success.
More than 800 families came out and over 800 book bags filled with school supplies were provided to school children by my office and Metro Plus. Participants enjoyed fun and games, including rock climbing, basketball, face-painting, balloon artistry, and live music and entertainment. Food was provided by local restaurants, as well as the Dept. of Education’s Summer Meals Program. Finally, attendees received information and resources from over 45 community organizations who provide educational services to young people and families throughout our district.
I want to thank the organizations, businesses, and individuals who helped make this event possible. With your help, we were able to connect people in our community to educational opportunities, ranging from childhood education and day cares to GED and literacy support. And if the smiling faces were any indication, the stations set up for rock climbing, face painting and balloon animals were a hit!
Be on the lookout for more fun, community oriented events that are coming soon, especially our Participatory Budgeting assemblies. The participatory budgeting process gives you the power to propose and vote on ideas on how to allocate $1 million of discretionary capital funds. As always, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 212-928-6814 or visit us 500 West 141st Street with any questions and concerns. In the meantime, expect to hear from us with community updates and information about how you can get involved in your neighborhood!