Community pitches in for successful back-to-school event


More than 800 eligible Scottsdale students received clothing, supplies and health checks at a community back-to school event Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium.

Thanks to a broad community partnership, it was one of the largest and most successful back-to-school events in the city’s history.

“Our Scottsdale community really came together to make this a special day for the students,” said Bill Murphy, the city’s community services director. “We had several dozen partners from the private, nonprofit and government sectors that contributed supplies and services. It was a great team effort.”

Eligible children in kindergarten through 12th grade Scottsdale schools were provided with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, a backpack and school supplies.

Partners included staff from the city’s Vista del Camino center, Scottsdale School District, Concerned Citizens for Community Health, Scottsdale Charros, Interfaith Network of Scottsdale, Lion’s Club, Partners for Paiute, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, Payless Shoes, Comerica Bank, Honor Health, First Things First, Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support, Wal-Mart and more than two dozen others.

Organizers hope they can enlist more partners next year to create an even larger, more comprehensive event. As many as 28 percent of Scottsdale students are eligible for free and reduced lunches; many of the same are eligible to participate in the back-to-school program.

Watch a video about Wednesday’s back-to-school event.

For information on Scottsdale social services, visit the city’s home page and search “community services.”

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