At its second annual
Back to School Block Party, CREC sent a strong message to the Greater Hartford
community—both through its words and its actions.
“It’s not about what
school you go to right now,” said Aura Alvarado, CREC’s director of
communications and community relations. “It’s about getting our kids ready to
be successful in every school and every program. We’re going to be great
The August 18 block party, organized by CREC and
held at the agency’s headquarters on Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford, was a
collaborative effort—an opportunity for the Greater Hartford community to come
together to help area children and families as they prepare to start the new
At the event, CREC, along with the city of Hartford
and more than 30 community groups, provided important information about schools
and local services and free food to the more than 2,000 people who attended,
and HOT 93.7, the block party’s media sponsor, did a live broadcast. The local Ice
Cream for a Dream truck gave treats to children who shared their hopes and dreams,
nearly 200 children received free haircuts from local hairdressers and barbers,
and members of the Hartford Youth Public Safety Program and the Hartford police
and fire departments led field games.
Building on last
year’s success, CREC doubled the amount of backpacks given away at its Back to
School Block Party. This year, CREC gave 1,200 free backpacks filled with
school supplies to children between the ages of 3 and 17 on a first-come;
first-served basis. Donations allowed CREC to distribute these items, which
will help alleviate some of the financial burden on families as they get ready
for the first day of school.
“Our mission here is
to serve the region, and we are doing just that,” said CREC Executive Director
Greg Florio. “We are trying to help families get ready for school, and that’s
very, very important.
As a regional
educational service center, CREC’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of
all children and families, and it has been doing so for 50 years. It always
puts children and families first, and the Back to School Block Party is an
example of this.