Browning Claytor Back-to-School Celebration Sees Nearly 1,000 People!

Back to school shopping can be a budget buster for many families. To help alleviate the high cost, Browning Claytor Health Center hosted its first Back-to-School Celebration, by providing free backpacks and school supplies, and some healthy snacks for the kids to take home. Thanks to all the staff who volunteered their time to make the Browning Claytor Back-to-School Celebration a Success!

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Although final numbers are not in yet, it is estimated that nearly 1,000 people, including children and parents, showed up to the inaugural event held at Browning Claytor Health Center, 1246 Madison Ave., on Thursday, August 4.

Five hundred backpacks were given away to event attendees, as well as other school supplies, bikes and helmets and even a portable DVD player.

“There were many appreciation notes left on surveys that the attendees filled out,” said Rocio Sanchez, site manager for Browning Claytor, about the reaction from the event attendees. “Staff thoroughly enjoyed participating in the event. We were excited to have our providers performing meet and greets with the families – Dr. Willenbring, Dr. Bender, Dr. Kennedy, and Marybeth Adyniec, who dressed as ‘Ms. Frizzle’ of ‘The Magic School Bus.'”

Thanks to the community partners who participated, many of whom are already talking about and preparing for next year!

• Creative Youth Center
• YMCA
• Grand Rapids Public Library
• The Grand Rapids Urban League
• GRAAHI
• Grand Rapids Urban League
• Hispanic Center of West Michigan
• HIS
• The Rapid
• Simply a Loving Touch
• Bethany Youth Build
• Information about Browning Claytor
• Healthy Homes Coalition
• Dean’s Transportation- Buster the Bus

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