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Jul 25, 2017

CREC Kicks Off School Supplies Drive, “Operation Fill-A-Box,” in Preparation for Annual Back-to-School Block Party

 (Hartford, CT) – Today, the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) kicked off “Operation Fill-A-Box,” a school supplies drive seeking donations of classroom essentials, including pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, notebooks, etc. The items will be placed in backpacks that will be given to students during the third annual Back-to-School Block Party in August. The event is open to students from the Hartford area and their families. Donations (new items only) are being accepted starting today, July 24, 2017, through August 13, 2017 at the following locations:

Bears Smokehouse Barbecue

25 Front Street, Hartford
Hours:
Sun – Wed., 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thu – Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Blind Pig Pizza Co.

89 Arch Street, Hartford
Hours:
Sun – Wed., 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thu – Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Chango Rosa
One Union Place, Hartford
Hours:
Sun – Wed., 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thu – Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Tangiers International Market
550 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
Hours:
Mon – Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Each year, hundreds of children in our local communities return to school without basic school supplies. CREC started the Back-to-School Block Party two years ago with the goal of giving kids from the Hartford area the tools they need to learn. In addition to giving away backpacks filled with school supplies, the block party features food, music, and other family-friendly activities. This year’s event is scheduled to take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on August 16, 2017 at CREC Central, 111 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford.

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The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.     

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