State Senator Kevin Parker partnered with agencies during a day of celebration to prepare students for the classroom, giving out backpacks stuffed with supplies and PPE for a successful start of the new school year.
Many students from across Central Brooklyn attended the 14th Annual Harvest Fest Back-To-School – ‘Brooklyn Style’ gathering held on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Paerdagat Park in the 21st Senate District, which is represented by Sen. Parker. The students were eager to return to the classroom, after being taught virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the help of donors such as, EmblemHealth, Spectrum, Target, DSW, Brooklyn Kappa League, Sesame Flyers International, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Delta Rho Omega Chapter, 1500 backpacks were handed out to students who lined up for the educational tools.
“The Annual Harvest Fest – Back-To-School Celebration is one of my favorite events. We’re dealing with a global pandemic and a high level of uncertainty in our everyday goings,” stated Senator Parker.
“People have lost their jobs. Some are facing food insecurity, and for some, school is starting very shortly. As I help my constituents through all of these issues, we must continue to ensure that our students are taken care of as well. I still remain steadfast in my duty to make sure that our students are as prepared as they can be”, concluded Senator Parker.
During the hours long event families were treated to complimentary meals from Silver Chicken & Waffles, and treats from Build A Better Tomorrow. The event included arts and crafts, live entertainment and cultural art performances by Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, as well other local organizations.