Getting the children of Brooklyn excited about the new school year was the goal during an afternoon of fun at the annual Back to School Festival, presented by non-profit organization, Asian Community United Society (ACUS) at Seth Low Park on Saturday, August 23.
Beginning at noon, children and their parents gathered the park and enjoyed music, raffles, rides, face painting and information on educational programs offered throughout the school year.
The event was sponsored by Investors Bank and Health Plus Amerigroup Real Solution. A large turnout of families enjoyed the nice weather as they waited on line for different activities as well as receive their free backpacks. Other school supplies were given away. Booths in attendance included math and reading tutoring programs as well as Health Plus, which provided both the backpacks and face painting.
However, the main objective was for the children to relax and have a good time. “I’ve had a lot of fun today,” said Jonathan Gonzalez who had his face painted as a tiger. Other children had their arms painted with characters, such as Spider-Man.
“We gave out 1,500 backpacks today. We try to encourage kids to be excited for the upcoming school year. We hope they have a good year and receive good grades,” said Warren Chan, executive director of ACUS. “We’ve held this for four years, but it’s our first time doing it at Bensonhurst.”
The mission of ACUS is to ensure that New York City’s immigrant community has a voice and is better equipped to achieve economic, political and social equality. For more information on future events, visit www.acus-ny.org.