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Coalition hosts back to school event
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CLEARWATER – The North Greenwood Community Coalition will conduct its 10th annual Back to School Health and Wellness event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. for children in the Greenwood community.

“In these times of economic strife, we have to make our dwindling budget continue to work for these children in our community,” said Maurice Mickens, president of the coalition.

Community churches and more than 20 local community organizations have joined together to make the event a success. Morton Plant’s Turley Family Health Center and the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center are contributing health professionals to provide back-to-school physicals, which include taking blood pressure, height, weight, eye exams and dental check-ups. After the physicals are completed, backpacks filled with school supplies are provided. Also, several vendors will provide information to parents regarding the future educational needs of their children.

“We have a great core of over 100 volunteers who love to help children, and they are the key to helping to make this event a success,” said Sherry Van Hootegem, an organizer for the event.

The Clearwater Police Department also will help with the activities.

“We are excited to be a part of this event,” said Police Chief Tony Holloway. “The organizers help kids start the school year off on the right foot.”

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos is expected to attend the event, which he does each year. He will help with checking the height and weight of the children as part of their physicals.

A parent or guardian must accompany children.

Since 2005, the North Greenwood Back to School Health and Wellness Event has served about 4,500 families, distributing more than 6,500 backpacks with school supplies for children as well as offering the health services. This event has become one of the largest of its kind in the north Pinellas County area.

For information, call Maurice Mickens at 643-3500 or Sherry Van Hootegam at 543-4443.
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