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Alderman Carrie Austin of the 34th Ward collaborated with Phalanx Family Services and hosted a back-to-school festival on July 28, 2017, and provided 1,000 area youth with needed school supplies. Students and their families participated in various activities including free lunches, riding horses, and obtaining job opportunity information at Universal Entertainment Center, location 11901 S. Loomis. Photo Credit: Christopher Shuttlesworth

Alderman Carrie Austin of the 34th Ward collaborated with Phalanx Family Services and hosted a back-to-school festival on July 28, 2017, and provided 1,000 area youth with needed school supplies. Students and their families participated in various activities including free lunches, riding horses, and obtaining job opportunity information at Universal Entertainment Center, location 11901 S. Loomis. Photo Credit: Christopher Shuttlesworth

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FESTIVAL GETS STUDENTS OFF TO A GOOD START WHO ARE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL

“My children and families will now not be short-sided by not having school supplies for their first day of school,” she said. “At least we were able to provide the students with the basics and anything else that they will need will come from their teachers to supply them with.”