Hundreds attend McClinton's Bartram Community Day event

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said hundreds of people joined her for her "Celebrating Bartram Village" Health and Wellness Community Event on Aug. 27 in Bartram Village.

McClinton was joined by state Rep. Dwight Evans, Sharif Street, Anna Brown and Dr. Branville Bard Jr., public safety director for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

"I was thrilled with the community support for my first Bartram Village Community Day," McClinton said. "Thank you to all of the local organizations that offered information, fun and entertainment for local residents of all ages. We were able to offer face painting, fitness classes, interactive games and live musical entertainment."

More than 200 registered residents from the Bartram and Southwest Philadelphia area were offered a number of free health screenings and other health and wellness information.

Some 100 youths received book bags and school supplies in preparation for the school year.

Cookout food was prepared by the Bartram Village Council and was provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Brown's Shop-Rite. Other sponsors that contributed to the day included: ACHIEVEability, Comcast, Gateway Health Plan and the Outreach to Youth program of Open Door Church.

Dr. Kim C. Davis and Dr. Juwan Bennett provided musical entertainment with an inspirational concert.

Children's activities, including games and face painting, were run by the Doors to Destiny Family Life Center.

"The day also gave the residents an opportunity to meet my hard-working staff and learn how we can assist residents with state issues," McClinton said.

Among the issues McClinton's staff were able to assist with during the event were applying for state programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.