Back-to-School Fever at 2nd Annual ‘LES United’ Festival

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 at 5:09 am by

Yep, it’s that time already!

This weekend, the biggest back-to-school event on the Lower East Side is gearing up at Campus Yard (145 Stanton Street). Literally. Last year, the LES United festival distributed 1,000 bookbags with school supplies for free – this year they strive to double that.

Not only are area youths provided free backpacks and back-to-school haircuts, but there will be raffles, give-aways, and activities such as face painting, balloon twisters, basketball skills and drills, and an assortment of live performances from community organizations.

There will also be free check-ups and information on health insurance, to be administered via medical trucks and practitioners that will be in attendance.

Other information tables include after school programs, tenant educational information, immigration information, health and wellness, financial literacy, daycare sites, religious based community programs, volunteer opportunities, senior centers, shelters, and more. Over 50 organizations will have tables at the event.

LES United is happening Sunday, August 26, 12-4, at Campus Yard (145 Stanton Street). More info here.

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