McClinton connects more than 180 students with free supplies to help them succeed this school year

Understanding the importance of a quality education, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton distributed free resources and supplies to 181 local students to help them succeed this school year.

“From the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to the ongoing threat of gun violence in our communities, our children have been forced to endure a lot at such an early age,” explained McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “By connecting our kids with the tools that give them the best chance to flourish inside the classroom, we open the doors to opportunities that will help them thrive outside of it and keep them on the right path as they get older.”

As part of her annual Back-to-School Resource Fairs last week, McClinton welcomed families to the Darby Borough Recreation Center on Thursday and her office in Philadelphia on Friday, providing them with school essentials – including book bags, pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, coloring books, and loose-leaf paper. Participants also received information about health and wellness services.

“Whether it’s hosting resource fairs like this in our neighborhoods or fighting in Harrisburg to ensure a quality education isn’t based on ZIP code, I am forever committed to putting the needs of our young people and their families first,” McClinton said. “My office and I are so fortunate to work with such dedicated community partners who share that commitment because without them, these events would not be possible.”

McClinton thanked all the organizations who helped make this year’s Back-to-School Community Resource Fairs a reality, including PECO, American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, and the Public Health Management Corp. The following also took part:

  • Oak Street Health.
  • Community Action Agency.
  • Siddiq’s Water Ice.
  • Mindful Dance Academy.
  • Keystone First.