With just weeks to go until the start of the school year, thousands of children in Miami are going to be able to head back with a brand new book bag.
Mayor Tomas Regalado, along with other city officials, were on hand to give out over 1,000 of the bags fully loaded with supplies to start the year to children at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove.
"For many children in our parks that the families don't have resources to buy backpacks to buy supplies, this is a big deal," said Regalado.
The event is one of three taking place this weekend, with another 1,000 being given out at a “Back to School” event sponsored by the Little Haiti-Edison-Little River Neighborhood Enhancement team and others.
Another 1,000 children or more will receive their bags Saturday at an event in Dorsey Park during the Overtown Resource Fair from 10 AM until 1 PM.
In total, the city will give out around 5,000 new backpacks to students before the start of the year.