New backpacks filled with school supplies for more than 1100 Pahokee kids set the stage for support, excitement for the 2017-18 school year

Back to School event brings Pahokee community together for a day of family fun, learning

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Students lined up for donated school supplies and backpacks at Pahokee’s 2016 Back to School Bash last year.

PAHOKEE — The City of Pahokee is pleased to host and invite the community to its annual “Putting Kids First – Back to School Bash” event in support of the children and families who attend its neighborhood schools. The fun-filled occasion will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Road, in Pahokee.

“Once again, due to the generous outpouring of community donations and the dedication of our committed volunteers and staff, the City of Pahokee can provide its children and families the tools they need to feel supported as students prepare to return to school,” said Chandler Williamson, City Manager, City of Pahokee. “When you see the kids receive new backpacks filled with the supplies they need to be successful, you can see that it creates excitement about learning.”

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Maylor Keith W. Babb, Jr., and a student at Pahokee’s 2016 Back to School Bash last year.

The City of Pahokee’s signature back-to-school event is a widespread community collaboration that fosters a message of empowerment with exciting giveaways, helpful resources, supportive learning tools, local food, festive music, fun activities amongst a variety of generous sponsors and committed vendors. More than 1100 youth, aged 5 – 18 will be supported by the event. An average of 92 percent of Pahokee students are enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program.

The event supports students and families who attend a host of public and private schools in the district. Some include: Pahokee Elementary School, Pahokee Middle School, Pahokee High School, Glades Academy, and more.

The community of Pahokee, which was founded in the early 1900s, was named for the Seminole word “Pahokee” meaning “grassy waters”. In March 1922, Pahokee was incorporated as a city by the Municipal Government. It is located in Palm Beach County, which was founded on April 30, 1909. Pahokee is known as Palm Beach County’s “Other” Coast.

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