PHA Helps Kids Get a Jump Start on the School Year

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Kids celebrate to music at PHA's annual book bag giveaway at the John F. Street Community Center. The agency began its annual giveaway on Thursday, August 11, with plans to hand out a total of 2,500 book bags stuffed with school supplies at 23 sites across the city.  School begins in Philadelphia on September 7 for most students, with kindergarten classes starting on September 14. 


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Two grade schoolers are all smiles after picking up their book bags with their mother at PHA's annual book bag giveaway. The agency began handing out the first of 2,500 book bags stuffed with school supplies on Thursday, August 11, at the John F. Street Community Center.

(PHILADELPHIA -August 12, 2016) - The Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) school age residents will be ready for the start of the upcoming school year, thanks to the agency's annual book bag giveaway.

The agency's annual back to school celebration on August 11 at the John F. Street Community Center in North Philadelphia included book bag distribution to children who attend summer camps at several PHA sites, and children from the surrounding community who receive services from the housing authority. The event featured dance performances by the I am a Role Model Mini Models and the I am a Role Model Elite Team. The Philadelphia Police and the PHA Police Departments also served as guest speakers and discussed police and community relations.

PHA will provide a total of 2,500 book bags stuffed with school supplies to PHA residents at 23 sites across the city. School begins in the city on September 7 for most students, with kindergarten classes starting on September 14. 

"I believe that education makes a lifetime of difference in a person's existence. Educated people have a better chance of becoming prosperous with the ability to better their communities and families," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. "Today's event is one of the ways that PHA demonstrates its commitment to educational advancement."

The book bag giveaway began four years ago under the auspices of Philly SEEDS Inc., a 501(c) (3) tax- exempt organization. The mission of Philly SEEDS Inc. is to promote the social and economic advancement of PHA residents through philanthropic activities, community based partnerships, and special initiatives.
Philly SEEDS Inc. is an award-winning program with services that are designed to help residents become fully self-sufficient.