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Coney Island kids flock to back-to-school block party • Brooklyn Paper

Coney Island kids flock to back-to-school block party

Children play at the back to school block party in Coney Island on Sept. 7.
Caroline Ourso

These kids are ready to learn!

Children pick up free school supplies at the Coney Island back to school block party.
Caroline Ourso

Coney Islanders gathered for a back-to-school block party on Saturday featuring free school supplies and fun activities that got Brooklyn’s pint-sized scholars psyched for the school year, according to one local leader.

Officer Joseph Jacquet of NYPD’s 71st Precinct helps children rock climb during a back-to-school block party in Coney Island.
Caroline Ourso

“The young kids had so much fun, they had a marching band and they had the young kids singing gospel, which was awesome,” said Betty James, president of the Marlboro Houses Resident Association.

Owen Turner-Bagley, 5, and his sister, Olivia, 9, examine various rocks and insect specimen at the Street Lab Explore Cart during a back-to-school block party
Caroline Ourso

The event — which non-profit business booster Alliance for Coney Island organized in partnership with Councilman Mark Treyger, Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus, state Sen. Diane Savino, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries — saw 1,000 book bags stuffed with pencils, notebooks, erasers, sharpeners, and other supplies handed out to eager-beaver scholars.

Caroline Ourso

Kids were also treated to activities including rock climbing and face painting, along with some educational diversions courtesy of the Street Lab Explore Cart, where kids examined rocks and insect specimens.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.

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