BRONX, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 — The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) will host their eighth annual Back to School Fair on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. HPAC hosts this event annually to generate excitement and prepare the students and families of Hunts Point for the new academic school year. This event exemplifies HPAC’s vision of every child in the 10474 zip code being ready for kindergarten, ready for elementary school, ready for high school, and ready for higher education. In past years, this event has drawn crowds of over 700 Hunts Point residents.
This 2015 Back to School Fair will be part of the HPAC Learning Toolbox event series that launched in April 2015. The Learning Toolbox series focuses on developing literacy skills crucial for academic success. Each event is hosted by a participating member of the Alliance and is open to the community. Students who attend Learning Toolbox events throughout the series receive commemorative pins to place on their Learning Toolbox bookbags. For more information about the Learning Toolbox event series and future events please see visit www.huntspoint.org.
At the Back to School Fair, participating organizations will provide activities that support the Learning Toolbox theme and showcase their individual missions. This year, the following organizations will be participating: Bronx Charter School for the Arts, P.S. 48, Saint Ignatius School, City Year, Jumpstart, THE POINT CDC, Rocking the Boat, Urban Health Plan, Affinity Health Plan, Bronx Children’s Museum, Hunts Point Library, The Laundromat Project, Literacy Inc., Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York Foundling, NYPD 41st Precinct, Prep for
Prep, and Sunrise Drop In Center. The NYPD will bring their rock wall for free rock climbing and Urban Health Plan will present their first ever Urban Mercado. As always, refreshments, live performances by P.S. 48’s chorus, music, and free school supplies will be available. These materials were made possible through generous donations from Highwater Women, Ponce De Leon Bank Federal, Banco Popular Ridgewood Savings Bank, and A1 Distributors in Hunts Point.
“The annual Back to School Fair has become a community tradition to celebrate the start of the new academic year. ” said Jill Roche, Executive Director of HPAC. “We are grateful to each of the participating organization for their commitment to make the day special for all Hunts Point students.
About the Hunts Point Alliance for Children
The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) is comprised of sixteen individual schools and non-profit organizations committed to supporting children and families living in the Hunts Point peninsula of the South Bronx. The Citizens’ Committee for Children on New York has identified Hunts Point as the most at risk neighborhood to grow up in New York based on economic, employment, housing, health, and other factors. Over 59% of the children in the community live in poverty.
HPAC’s efforts are driven by the vision that Hunts Point children will be ready for kindergarten, ready for middle school, ready for high school, and ready for higher education. In the eight years of its existence, HPAC has been a strong voice for the children of Hunts Point and a conduit for resources to support the schools and organizations in this community.
HPAC’s birth to college pipeline provides programming and academic opportunities in the following program areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Development, Education Transition Counseling, and Family Support Services. On an annual basis, HPAC serves 300 children and young people and reaches 2,000 residents through community events and outreach.
To learn more about HPAC, visit our website, www.huntspoint.org.
 Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York Report on the Well-Being of Children in 59 Community Districts, February 2015. Available at http://www.cccnewyork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CCCRiskRankingNYC.pdf