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1,200 show up Aug. 3 for free backpacks and school supplies

1,200 show up Aug. 3 for free backpacks and school supplies

1,200 show up Aug. 3 for free backpacks and school supplies

Sophia, 7, and Sarah Avila, 5, are fitted with pink backpacks by Miami-Dade Commissioner Juan C. Zapata at Kendale Lakes Library on Aug. 3. They’ll beginattending Bridge Point Academy beginning Aug. 21.

An overflow crowd jammed both the parking lot and entrance of the Kendale Lakes Branch Library on Aug. 3 when an estimated 1,200 youngsters and parents took advantage of free backpacks and school supplies distributed by Miami-Dade Commissioner Juan C. Zapata and his staff members, along with Hammocks District Police.

Co-sponsors included State Sen. Anitere Flores, State Rep. Jeanette Nunez and West Kendall Community Councilmember Carolina Blanco.

Community partners contributing to the event were Miami-Dade County, Miami- Dade Library, Children’s Trust, Read2Succeed, FirstBank, Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Longhorn Steakhouse and Maru&Friends LLC.

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