Sometimes it’s hard for students to get into a straight line at school. But on Saturday, kids didn’t think twice about scrambling into a huge line. The reason: they were getting free school supplies.
“I love it, said Shellitia Campbell, 10, from Miami Gardens. “I can’t wait for school to start.”
So getting free supplies for her was the beginning of a new academic year.
Shellitia, who attends Robert B. Ingram Elementary School, and other students scrambled into a huge line to receive supplies at the Masjid Miami Gardens, 4305 NW 183rd St. More than 250 students from Miami, Opa-locka, Hialeah, and as far away as Delray Beach attended the event.
The supplies were donated by the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The giveaway is part of the Muslims Care campaign that CAIR organizes every year from June to August. The organization partnered with the Muslim Teachers Association, as well as 20 other Islamic centers in South Florida, to make the event a success.
“This is a great opportunity to give,” said Altaf Ali, the executive director of CAIR in Miami.
In total, $5,000 of school supplies were purchased. Students, ranging from pre-school to high school, walked out with notebooks, paper, pencils and highlighters in a new book bag. The kids could choose the color of their bag from yellow, pink, red, green and blue.
“They will have what they need to start school,” Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson said during the event. (MORE)


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