500 Kids Get Supply Filled Backpacks from Apt. Assoc. & PHA

      The Philadelphia Housing Authority and the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia teamed up to send 500 low-income kids back to school with brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies. The kids collected everything they need for a successful start to the school year after receiving their backpacks at PHA's Wilson Park Community Center on Thursday.

    The kids were brought in on buses from several of PHA's housing sites and have been participating in the agency's Summer Food Program, which provides healthy, nutritious meals throughout the summer when kids don't have access to free school lunches.

      Single-parent Angela Peterkin, a Housing Choicer Voucher recipient, is thrilled that her kids will be going back to school with a supply-filled backpack. "It can be difficult with the cost of clothes and back to school shots to afford school supplies," she says. "It's great to have this gift."

     Education is a priority for both PHA and the AAGP.

     "We are constantly emphasizing education among our employees and the families we serve," PHA Executive Director Carl Greene points out. "Hosting this event with our great partners from the Apartment Association is appropriate because both of our organizations emphasize the importance of learning throughout one's life."

     Pam Bennett, AAGP Executive Director, says that her members have been terrific, donating money and school supplies throughout the year to support this effort.

     "All of us remember how we started each school year with freshly sharpened pencils and a new backpack," says Bennett. " It is so positive to start school like that, and we wanted these 500 children to know that same feeling."

     Aside from paying for the backpacks, volunteers from AAGP donated their time to stuff the backpacks and hand them out at the event.


 "All of us remember how we started each school year with freshly sharpened pencils and a new backpack," says Apartment Association Executive Director Pam Bennett. " It is so positive to start school like that, and we wanted these 500 children to know that same feeling."


Kids show off their new backpacks filled with school supplies. The kids collected everything they need for a successful start to the school year after receiving their backpacks at PHA's Wilson Park Community Center.

Michelle Anderson from Apartment Finder magazine (left) and Apartment Association President Mary Pacini (center) hand out school backpacks to needy children from across the city at PHA's Wilson Park Community Center.

PHA and the  Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia teamed up to send 500 low-income kids back to school with brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies. 

The kids collected everything they need for a successful start to the school year after receiving their backpacks at 
the Wilson Park Community Center.