Back to School Celebration

CCFY hosts a Mott Haven block party to distribute backpacks and school supplies to neighborhood families.
Fun for all ages

block party 20 editedMott Haven celebrated summer’send with a lively block party drawing a crowd of several hundred Bronxites of all ages.

Everyone enjoyed free snow cones and hot dogs, courtesy of Sabrett and Metro, while checking out resources offered by community organizations.  South Bronx nonprofits set up tables displaying the variety of services they offer to the community.

block party 14One group signed up volunteers for the national bone marrow donor registry.  Another offered blood pressure testing and information about diabetes.

Youth Advocate Programs representatives informed community members about their work with court-adjudicated youth.

While their parents picked up brochures, the kids took advantage of the carnival games.  Juan Gabriel of Bronx Lebanon Hospital supplied a bounce castle, DJ, and face painting station.

While the young kids stood in line to be transformed in to butterflies and Batmen by the face painting artist, the older ones took their turn at the dunk tank.  CCFY Deputy Director Geoff Davenport was the first in the hot seat, but by the end of the day one of our SBCC youth had taken a swim too!

Paper and pencils and more!

block party 17On August 29th, teens and toddlers dancing with anticipation waited with their parents in a line stretching down the block.  Each kid left with a backpack stuffed with paper, pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers, calculators, binders, and everything else a student might need,

Volunteers gathered in an apartment down the street the night before, working for hors to divide materials among book bags.  In assembly line fashion, backpacks purchased with the generous support of The Nathan Cummings Foundation were filled with school supplies provided by local churches.  100 drawstring bags donated by General Mills were stuffed with materials and wrist bands.  Another 80 backpacks were filled and delivered by World Vision, complete with handwritten motivational notes to each student.

block party 15In total, CCFY distributed over 200 backpacks and 20 pairs of children’s sandals to families from the Mott Haven neighborhood.

Too many families in our neighborhood are struggling to make ends meet; for youth, this means racking a school year unprepared.  By offering young people in our community the school supplies they need, we ensure that more students are ready and excited for the academic year.