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For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2013
Media Contact:
Maurice R. Hernandez


Over 1,000 South Dade Families Attend and Participate in Vice Chair Lynda Bell's 3rd Annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway at Camp Owaissa Bauer

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.

“It 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 children’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,” said Vice Chair Bell.  “Their invaluable assistance will go a long way toward making these children’s school year a success.  Building on last year’s successful event, we brought together a great number of community organizations throughout South Dade who offered our residents an educational resource fair, complete with health screenings provided by Baptist Health, as well as plenty of food and fun activities for the kids to enjoy.” Added Mrs. Bell.

Given the uncertainty of our local and national economies, many families often have to sacrifice some of their children’s school materials which are necessary for their success.  For these reasons, Vice Chair Lynda Bell brought together the private and public sectors of our community for a common purpose - to help as many children in her district obtain the educational edge they need.  These school backpacks were filled with notebooks and folders, rulers, pens, pencils, glue sticks, etc., and like every year, with much love.