Belle Glade Sun

Back-to-School Bash gives back to area kids

PAHOKEE — With the help of Florida Crystals Corporation, students in the western communities of Palm Beach County started off the school year on the right foot. During the annual Back-to-School Bash, over 1,000 students from Belle Glade, Canal Point and Pahokee were gifted with backpacks and school supplies just in time to hit the books.

Edna Stevens helping students at Everglades Prep Table

Students with new backpacks

The annual event, which took place at Pahokee High School, provided information and resources on the upcoming school year to parents and students. In addition to receiving backpacks and school supplies, there were raffle prizes for bikes, laptops, iPads and computers. Students were also able to get their hair cut while enjoying cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones.

Jermain Bennett, Tammy Jackson-Moore, Irving Croney

“The City of Pahokee was delighted to host the Back-to-School Bash for the upcoming school year,” said Chandler Williamson, Pahokee city manager. “We are honored to have partners like Florida Crystals who support us and the community in sending our students to school ready to learn.”

Carlene Millen Howard Hepburn Marcia Andrews

The Fanjul family and Florida Crystals Corporation provide ongoing support to many educational institutions and developmental programs for youth and families in the tri-cities of western Palm Beach County, where the company has a majority of its Florida operations.

Raffle prize bikes

“Making sure students have all their school supplies is one basic step for success on the first day of school,” said Marcia Andrews, Palm Beach County School Board member representing District 6, which includes the Glades-area schools. “Year after year, Florida Crystals helps make the first day of school and school year successful by providing assistance to families and schools by supporting the Back-to-School Bash.”