McClinton distributes free school supplies to more than 250 families in need

With the new school year underway, state Rep. Joanna McClinton isn't letting the coronavirus stop her from helping students succeed in class and adapt to the changes brought on by the pandemic. 

"Families need our support now more than ever, especially when it comes to making sure our young people have access to a quality education," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "This means connecting them with the tools they need to learn in a safe environment."  

McClinton hosted back-to-back school resource fairs at the Darby Recreation Center and outside her office in Philadelphia last Thursday and Friday, where she teamed up with local organizations to distribute free backpacks filled with school supplies, including notebooks, folders, pens, erasers and earphones to more than 250 families in need. 

"Our priority must be to put all people first, which includes our students and teachers," McClinton explained. "As COVID-19 continues building barriers, I am committed to working with my colleagues in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Delaware County to knock them down by securing resources to protect Pennsylvanians during this health crisis and ultimately move the commonwealth forward."

McClinton thanked her community partners for helping to make both events possible, which comprised:

  • William Penn School District.
  • Aetna.
  • Health Partners Plans.
  • Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice.
  • King Saladeen Art.
  • Emmanuel Christian Center. 
  • Philly Counts. 
  • The SEED School.