One Peoria hopes to ‘offset’ back to school costs with free supplies, vaccines

These backpacks were given away to kids from a previous event.
These backpacks were given away to kids from a previous event.(WEEK)
Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 4:32 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Class will be back in session weeks earlier for Peoria Public School students, and One Peoria is hoping to make that transition easier for parents.

From noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, families can go to Glen Oak Park for a back to school carnival. The empty field will be “transformed” into carnival fairgrounds, according to the event coordinators. Kids can enjoy treats, bouncy houses and obstacles courses, while receiving a backpack with free school supplies as well as the required vaccinations and check ups.

Two hundred free backpacks will be available on a first come, first served basis. The children must be present to receive the free backpack. The health screenings and vaccines will be provided by the Peoria County and City Public Health Department. Health services are available from 1 to 3 p.m.

State Rep. Jehan Gordon Booth is one of the sponsors of the event, along with State Senator Dave Koehler and One Peoria. She said they want to help families out while also making it fun.

“We know that families are struggling frankly with the expensive Ameren bills, the high costs of gas, the high cost of food and inflation,” Booth said. “So we wanted to do something to offset those back to school costs.”

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