Vice Chair Lynda Bell, along with her Commission staff and dedicated volunteers, distributed over 500 school backpacks filled with essential school supplies to financially disadvantaged children who reside in Commission District 8 on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Camp Owaissa Bauer in the Redlands. â€œIt was indeed a pleasure to continue this tradition of giving back to the community by helping to provide needy families with the necessary materials to start their childrenâ€™s school year right. This annual event, which is now in its 3rd year, could not have been possible without the generosity of respected corporate sponsors like Baptist Health South Florida, The Coca-Cola Company, United Teachers of Dade and Marriott,â€ said Vice Chair Bell.
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson gave away backpacks and school supplies at her 7th annual Back to School Fun Day and Health & Info Fair held Aug.10, 2013 at the newly refurbished Olinda Park, 2101 N.W. 51 St., Miami. With the help of donations from various sponsors, Commissioner Edmonson gave away 2,000 backpacks to children on a first-come, first-served basis. Children also received free immunizations from Florida Health Dept. Parents and adults had the opportunity to get free health check-ups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV and others provided by a variety of health concerns. Many Miami-Dade County departments offered information on services and government resources. The children also had a "fun day" which included face painting, raffles, dance contests, bounce houses, free food and drinks.
Students filled Commissioner Jordanâ€™s district office to take part in the commissionerâ€™s 2013 Book bag giveaway. Commissioner Jordan distributed 700 backpacks to kids most in need from various non-profit and local organizations in District 1 on Wednesday, July, 31. Children from the organizations Teen Upward Bound, The Embrace Girls Foundation, and Grandparents raising Grand kids, were present in the commissionerâ€™s district office to receive their free book bag.
On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Commissioner Jean Monestime distributed hundreds of free book bags to students in District 2 during his 2013 Back-To-School Book Bag Giveaway at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159th Street. Children also received free school supplies and books during the event. At the book bag giveaway and family fun day, residents enjoyed music and a bounce house. The event was held in collaboration with Reading Explorers and Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Inc.