Back to School Rally draws 2,000 people!

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OVER 2,000 STUDENTS AND PARENTS COME OUT FOR THE SAM TILERY WYBC BACK TO SCHOOL RALLY 
 
Community joining together to provide fun, resources, backpacks and school supplies for New Haven students as they get ready to head back to school
 
NEW HAVEN – Hundreds of New Haven Public School students and families came out for the annual Back to School Rally on August 2 for fun activities, access to community resources and free backpacks and school supplies.
 
The Back to School Rally, which took place Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, aims to bolster excitement around the upcoming school year and provide families and students with needed supplies and resources.
 
Lead sponsors of this event include New Haven Public Schools, the United Way of Greater New Haven, 94.3 WYBC, City of New Haven, Ice the Beef, McDonald’s on Whalley Avenue and Toyota of Wallingford. Students who attended the event received a free backpack. The backpacks include supplies such as rulers, crayons, notebooks, and pencils. Other donations came from organizations and businesses, including First Student bus company, School Administrators Association, New Haven Federation of Teachers, Gilbane, and Read to Grow.
 
Numerous volunteers and community partners have come together to make this exciting event possible, with the many sponsors providing supplies and activities.
 
The rally features community resource tables with helpful information for parents, as well as various giveaways. Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, games, sports, and obstacle courses. Activities include relay races, kickball, zumba, bounce houses and more.
 
 
Free backpacks, school supplies, and food are available in limited supply on a first come, first served basis.