Johnson Park Center holds Back to School event

Free School supplies were distributed to children and families in need in Utica's Cornhill neighborhood.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 10:44 PM

UTICA, N.Y.- Back to School is just around the corner and some children in need got some help to prepare.

Children lined up at Johnson Park in Utica’s Cornhill neighborhood Wednesday evening. Hoping to get their hands on some school supplies.

Assemblywomen Marianne Buttenschon and Johnson Park Chief Operating Officer Dr. Ursula Meier both say there’s plenty more than school supplies to think about, as back to school is coming up.

"You can never have enough school supplies, so this is a great foundation for these individuals but also the opportunity as you see there is friendships being made here. There's conversations that are happening. And it's in a positive manner that it's bringing individuals together to support one another”. Buttenschon said.

Meier added: “"It's very important that we can help the children to get extra supplies so they can be ready for school. So we give them all pencils, crayons, paper, filler paper, various items so they can get excited, and another thing is that it’s toward the end of the summer so they can get ready get excited and have the right attitude to go back to school."

A few hundred families from the Utica area showed up for the event.

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