McClinton welcomes 350 students during back-to-school event in Darby

DARBY, Sept. 5 – To help students get the tools they need to have a successful school year, state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her third annual Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center.

"The beginning of the new school year is a time of promise and all kids deserve a good start when they head back to class," McClinton said. "With our young people in line to become the next generation of leaders, I am pleased to host this event as an opportunity to ensure they have the resources they need to become successful in their educational journey.”

McClinton said more than 300 families attended the fair and 350 children received supplies and book bags to start the school year strong. Students also received free haircuts and styles from Yasmeen’s Clean Cuts, BBC Beauty Academy, Chocolate City Hair Studios, and JJFades. There were more than 15 local exhibitors in attendance – including representatives from Oak Street Health, Health Partners Plans, Salvation Army, Evelyn Graves Ministries, Maternity Care Coalition, Delaware County Community College, Compassionate Care Provider  – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. Entertainment was provided by the Royal Excellence Dance Troop and Pearson’s Entertainment.

McClinton also honored newly appointed Deputy Police Chief Joseph Gabe Jr. of the Darby Borough Police Department with a citation.

“I would like to thank Aetna for sponsoring this event, King Saladeen for generously contributing book bags, and to Trinity Health for providing refreshments. I also would like to thank the vendors and the residents of the 191st Legislative District. With their help, the event was a success, and several students now have the resources they need to have a productive school year,” McClinton said.