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Aug 12, 2016

CREC to Help Area Students Prepare for the Start of School


CREC will give away 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to Hartford area children who are getting ready for the new school year.

CREC’s much-anticipated second annual Back to School Block Party will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 18 at CREC Central, 111 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford.

Building on last year’s success, the event has the same good intentions, but is growing in size. Double the amount of backpacks will be distributed this year and more than 30 community organizations will participate, sharing information about local programs and services. There will also be free food and field games run by members of the Hartford Youth Public Safety Program and the Hartford police and fire departments. Free haircuts will be provided to the first 50 children by local hairdressers and barbers, and the Ice Cream for a Dream truck will give refreshing treats to children who share their hopes and dreams.

The Back to School Block Party is made possible by generosity and good will. With the help of HOT 93.7 as a media sponsor, CREC was able to purchase 1,200 new backpacks for children. The agency also collected school supplies and monetary donations at Walmart on Flatbush Avenue.

CREC is still accepting monetary donations to fund its event. For more information about the CREC Foundation and to donate, visit

Every day, CREC looks to make a difference in the lives of all children and families. The 50-year-old agency has always put children and families first, and the Back to School Block Party is an example of this.

On August 18, backpacks will be distributed on a first-come; first-served basis to children between the ages of 3 and 17. Both children and their parent or guardian must be present to receive backpacks.

Members of the media are welcome to attend this back-to-school celebration.


The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at

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