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Boys and Girls Clubs of Garden Grove to host Back-To-School Health Fair

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove (BGCGG) will host their annual Back-To-School Health Fair and backpack distribution on Saturday, September 11.

As one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the Country and a national leader in service and program diversity, BGCGG offers a multitude of programs focused on the development of the whole child through family involvement and community engagement.

In partnership with CalOptima, this year’s event will focus on childhood and COVID vaccinations. Due to the pandemic, many children are behind on routine check-ups for their health, eyes, teeth, and vaccinations. This event addresses those needs by providing health screenings, family resources, and vaccinations onsite. With support from Karina’s Backpack Project, we will also be distributing backpacks filled with school supplies, giving children the tools they need to succeed academically. For many families, this simple gift helps them direct their limited funds to other essential items.

There will be Backpack Distribution, Wellness Checks, Benefit Enrollment, Food Distribution, Haircuts, Childhood Vaccinations, Covid-19 vaccinations, Family Resources on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, 10540 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840. This is an outdoor event with masks required. Registration is required by calling 714-532-7940.

“We host a Back to School event every year because we know that going back to school can be both nerve racking and exciting. We want to let students and families know that they are supported from the very beginning and can reach out to us at any time with questions and concerns. We enjoy seeing the kids’ faces light up when they get their new backpacks and haircuts,” said Raken Mai, ARCHES Director.

CalOptima’s goal is to vaccinate children ages 0 to 18 as they return to school as well as address social determinants of health by connecting families with community resources. “As students begin a new school year, it is more important than ever to be up to date with recommended childhood vaccinations to have the benefit of protection from infections, including COVID-19 for those 12 and over,” said Emily Fonda, M.D., MMM, CalOptima Chief Medical Officer.

This article was released by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove.