For Immediate Release

Released at: January 19, 2016
Contact: Vaughn Mayers
(347) 245-1119

Senator Kevin Parker’s Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Proposal to

CLOSE TO A THOUSAND FAMILIES CELEBRATED THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR AT BROOKLYN’S 2015 HARVEST FEST

--STATE SENATOR PARKER ALONG WITH THE GAP & SESAME FLYERS INT. HOSTED ONE STOP SOURCE TO HELP STUDENTS & PARENTS JUMPSTART NEW SCHOOL YEAR—

SATURDAY-AUGUST 29, 2015—Close to a thousand families gathered today to kick-off the new school year at the Brooklyn’s 2015 Harvest Fest. Families, residents and neighbors enjoyed music, food and cultural arts performances during the day-long celebration that also included back to school supplies give-aways, and fitness activities. Children reveled in activities such as face painting and educational exhibits were on display provided college bound and youth program information in preparation for the new school year.

“We’ve had a great number of responses from numerous groups who wanted to participate and donate, said Senator Parker, whose office organized the event. “For several years dozens of families from across Brooklyn have come together to celebrate Brooklyn’s Harvest Fest because it is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall and the new school year. It has become an ideal opportunity for parents to gather valuable information in preparation for the year ahead and for families, friends, and neighbors to connect, catch up, have fun, and enjoy.”

“What a wonderful way to start the new school year,” said Curtis Nelson, Executive Director of Sesame Flyers International, also a sponsor and host of the event. “We want to give a special thank you to Senator Parker, a champion of education, and partners who assisted in ensuring its success. Without the support of the Senator and a collective community effort we would not have been able to deliver a festival of this magnitude.”

The free of charge event was also sponsored by the clothing store, the Gap, Time Warner Cable, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, 0ne of the oldest Greek-letter organizations, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Healthfirst, Coca-Cola, YMCA and the Brooklyn Public Library.

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