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With five young children at her side, Linele Hill stood at the half way point of a line full of hundreds of Hartford area residents awaiting a free backpack stuffed with school supplies Wednesday afternoon.
The Capitol Region Education Council hosted its third annual back to school block party at its headquarters on Charter Oak Avenue. Hundreds lined up on the block, expanding all the way to Huyshope Avenue.
Meghana Kandarpa, a sophomore at CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor, remembers her first charitable activity: She was 7, she said, and helped her mother tend a garden in West Hartford for a community group.
Now 14, she has looked for ways to help people ever since.
When the event began in 2015, 600 stuffed backpacks were gone within a half hour of the event starting.
“So we doubled up,” Alvarado said. “My dream is to fill the back packs so much you got to drag them out of here.”
The backpacks and school supplies were given to students regardless if they attend one of CREC’s 16 interdistrict magnet schools.
Greg Florio, executive director of CREC said they host the event because each child should feel comfortable and ready when they walk into school on the first day.
“If there’s any event that exemplifies the CREC mission, it’s this one,” Florio said. Rep. John Larson and Sen. Chris Murphy helping collect supplies. There were also free haircuts, face painting and a variety of treats available for children.
“I’m grateful to the supporters and sponsors who make events like this possible,” Mayor Luke Bronin said. “There are so many schools represented here.”
Janai Ortiz, 10, one of the children attached to Hill’s hip and a soon to be fifth grader said it’ll be much more exciting to return to school with new supplies.