PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12, 2014 – Hundreds of children are preparing to go back to school with the supplies they need, and communities in the 2nd Senatorial District are enjoying some summer fun with the latest picnic sponsored by state Sen. Christine Tartaglione.

The senator and her staff visited historic Burholme Park today and handed out free backpacks and school supplies to hundreds of children. The supplies were donated and collected from businesses and residents during Sen. Tartaglione’s recent “Stuff the Bus” event.

“Philadelphia’s school children are smart, passionate and they want to learn,” Sen. Tartaglione said. “Most people know about the financial struggles of the school district and how Republicans in Harrisburg have used them as political pawns.

“These picnics are important ways to give back to the children and make sure they have the things they need for their return to the classroom so they can succeed academically,” she said.

Tartaglione’s first community picnic last week at Norris Square Park delivered 600 backpacks and school supplies plus free snacks and drinks.

Today’s visit to Burholme Park is the first one for the senator as the 85 acres between Cottman and Central avenues was located outside of her district prior to the legislature’s redrawing of senatorial boundaries.

Sen. Tartaglione is scheduled to visit Wissinoming Park on Frankford Avenue next Thursday, Aug. 21.


Editor’s Note: The following businesses contributed to Sen. Tartaglione’s picnic:

Always Best Care Senior Services

Forman Mills

Keystone First

Aramingo Soprite

Coca-Cola Bottling Company



Health Partners

Impacto Latino

JL Entertainment LLC

Kensington EPIC Stakeholders

La Fortaleza

Mayfair Shop N Bag


Nazareth Hospital

PECO Solutions


Philadelphia Pharmacy

Philadelphia Police 26th District

West Kensington Ministries



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