New England News
6:02 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Free School Supplies To Be Distributed At Barbeque

The new school year kicks off in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend with a barbecue.

   The annual back to school celebration is Saturday at Blunt Park.  It’s free to students, parents and school staff.  There will be food, music, and games.  Springfield schools communications officer Azell Cavaan said six thousand backpacks stuffed with donated school supplies will be given away.

   " Clearly, some of our families will be helped by this financially, but it is for everybody, even if you are not financially strapped. It is a back to school present."

   Classes start Monday for the 27,000 students in the Springfield Public Schools.