Aug. 7, 2015 By Michael Florio
State Senator Jose Peralta is going to be handing out free backpacks tomorrow to help kids get ready to go back to school.
Peralta will host his sixth annual backpack giveaway on August 8th from 10 am to 1 pm, on 98th Street, behind St. Paul Apostle Church (98-16 55th Ave), in Corona.
Peralta anticipates that more than 2,100 backpacks will be distributed to children from all over his district, including Corona and Jackson Heights. The backpacks will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limit of one backpack per student.
“It is very important that our kids are prepared to start school, and having the right supplies is a crucial part of that preparation,” Peralta said. “I want to make sure local students have the proper necessities to succeed during the upcoming academic year.”
Peralta added that during hard economic times families may have a tough time making ends meet. Nevertheless, education is paramount.
“It is important that education continues forward even when many are tightening their belts,” he said.
Some backpacks will contain notebooks, while others will have calculators, rulers or pencils. Bags will be given out at random.
“It is my hope that these supplies will allow area children to continue toward reaching their full potential through education,” added Peralta.
Along with the school supply give away, the event will include face painting, a rock climbing wall and games for the children.
In the case of rain, the event will take place inside St. Paul Apostle Church facilities.