Kaiser Permanente volunteers were on hand at the Pacoima Community Center July 31 to help a group of students get their school year off to a good start. They handed out backpacks stuffed with school supplies to more than 800 families served by El Nido Family Centers, which provide child abuse prevention and treatment, youth development, teen parenting, and parent education programs for families throughout L.A. County.
At a backpack prep party prior to the event, volunteers assembled the backpacks and tucked in encouraging notes wishing success in school and in life. This is the Back-To-School Backpack event’s third year, and brings the program’s total to 1,500 backpacks distributed to students in need.
“Our parents are most grateful to El Nido and Kaiser Permanente for providing these children with the tools to start the new school year,” said Aracelly Godinez, director of El Nido’s FamilySource Center.
The afternoon celebration included games, art activities, storytelling, face painting, dancing, and fun fitness exercises, all provided by more than 60 Kaiser Permanente volunteers. LA Galaxy Star Squad was out in full force with interactive soccer techniques and lots of Galaxy giveaways.