‘Backed By A Bag’ Back To School Event

Children and adults had a great time getting into the back-to-school spirit.
Photo by Miriam Quin

As part of the Connecting Borders Initiative, Bharati Dance Academy and the Bharati Foundation in partnership with Community Board 9, Vishnu Mandir, 43rd Precinct Community Council, NYPD Housing Police Service Area 8, Ridgewood Savings Bank and several leading organizations hosted the inaugural ‘Backed by a Bag’ back to school event on Saturday, August 20 at the Sonia Sotomayor Community Center. Over 200 children and their families received backpacks from Wellcare and school supplies from United Healthcare to encourage their academic dedication.

Bharati Kemraj (2nd from l), Bharati Dance Academy founder and NYPD PSA 8 officer Heinz made some new friends at the celebration.
Photo courtesy of Bharati Kemraj

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