Drew Nate |

A 104-degree day with zero clouds in the sky was not enough to discourage people from coming out in search of free school supplies for their children. 

On Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First 5 San Bernardino hosted a drive-thru backpack and kinder kit event to provide basic school supplies for the County’s preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Over 535 backpacks and 600 kinder kits were given out to local children. The kits included basic supplies such as scissors, crayons, pencils, glue sticks, large erasers, pencil boxes and a book.  

“I really hope I get a blue oneBlue is my favorite color.”

– Vasni Duran, age 5

Sixteen community organizations also participated in the event including SAC Health and IEHP who were on hand to administer Covid-19 vaccinations.

Cars, trucks and minivans lined the block as they waited to enter Ecclesia Christian Fellowship’s parking lot on 1314 East Date Street in San Bernardino.  When the line started moving, little faces could be seen peeking through the vehicle windows in anticipation.

“I really hope I get a blue one,” said Vasni Duran, 5, of San Bernardino about the array of backpack color choices.  “Blue is my favorite color,” she explained.  Her mother, Helen Duran, 30, stated “it’s been a little bit hard lately,” adding she was thankful to receive supplies for her little kids.

“The turnout was tremendous, and I believe is a direct reflection of how great the need is right now specifically for parents with young children,” said Karen E. Scott, executive director at First 5 San Bernardino.  

“We knew it was important to provide these much-needed school supplies to our local families so children could feel supported and have access to essentials as they start preschool and kindergarten,” concluded Scott.

Drew Nate is a recent graduate of La Sierra University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. As a student he researched and wrote on topics of interest for the University’s student-run newspaper. His areas of interest include international climate change, social justice, fashion and criminal justice reform. Contact Drew with tips, comments. or concerns at drew@blackvoicenews.com.

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