City, school district are giving away supplies to kids at Saturday event

August 3, 2018

City, school district are giving away supplies to kids at Saturday event

 Kids in the Cleveland School District can get free school supplies if they attend the 12th annual Mayor Frank Jackson’s Youth Summit & Back to School Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave.

The program is a collaboration between the city of Cleveland and the school district. Monyka Price, chief of education for the city of Cleveland, serves as a conduit between Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon and has been involved with the program from the start of her tenure 11 years ago.

“The summit started slow in the beginning. We would only attract 400-500. Today we get 3,000.” The session is for Cleveland schoolchildren, their parents or caregivers and residents of Cleveland. No identification is checked at the door, according to Price. However, it’s primarily for Cleveland,” she said.

Supplies include paper, pencils, bookmarks and backpacks. The city is well prepared for the thousands of people it anticipates. The city ordered 3,000 backpacks and bookmarks. The bookmarks are being printed by the city’s print shop. CMSD have 5,000 school supply packets.

Saturday won’t be all about school supplies. Around 60-65 exhibitors, mostly city employees, and some community leaders will be handing out various types of information.

One example: The fire and police departments are looking for recruits. So there will be representatives to answer questions about employment. Several workshops are on the agenda, three of which will be all Spanish-speaking sessions. Interpreters will be around throughout the day helping non-English-speaking residents communicate.

Other activities will include self-defense classes taught by Cleveland police, as well as “Ask a Cop.” This session is provided to let residents get to know police as people, according to Price. Kevin Conwell, Cleveland city councilman, and his band Footprints will provide entertainment. The event is free. Doors open at 8 a.m.

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