MEND’S ANNUAL “HEAD TO TOES” EVENT PROVIDES MORE THAN 200 THIRD GRADE STUDENTS WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

♥♥♥♥ @MENDPoverty ! This is how they meet the needs of local school kids!

Students from Pacoima’s Vaughn Next Century Learning Center Receive Donated Dental and Vision Screenings, New Backpacks with School Supplies and New Shoes

 (Pacoima, CA) – MEND—Meet Each Need with Dignity, the San Fernando Valley’s largest poverty relief organization, will host its 12thannual “Head to Toes” Event, which provides approximately 220 third-grade students with full back-to-school care.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 2011

There will be two shifts: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and 11:45 to 2 p.m. Children will line up for busses at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., which is when they will receive their new backpacks.

WHO: Approximately 220 third-grade students from Pacoima.

WHAT: Students will be divided into 5 to 6 stations to participate in the following: dental screenings and fluoride treatment, vision screenings, an exercise activity, arts & crafts, and new shoe selection. Finally, at the end of their shift, each child will receive a new backpack, donated by the Walt Disney Company, and new basic school supplies donated by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

***Photo Opportunity: 200 third graders receiving vision and dental care (a first-time experience for some) and participating in activities. Photo release waivers signed by parent(s) will be available.

 WHERE: The MEND Center – 10641 North San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331

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