Board Declares August as Back to School Readiness Month
For the past 13 years, the Back to School Coalition has annually sponsored a series of Back to School Health Fairs that provide free physical examinations and immunizations to students of all ages, regardless of their financial status. The coalition is a joint partnership that includes Hillsborough County Public Schools, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, universities, medical professionals, corporate partners, and community organizations. The health fairs help foster early immunization practices, promote healthy lifestyle choices, and cultivate parent and school interaction.
The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners declared August as Back to School Readiness Month during the August 1 meeting. While accepting the proclamation, Back to School Coalition Chairperson Tina Young thanked the Board for its support in assuring that Hillsborough County children are living healthier and starting their classes on time. In addition, she credited her partners, who also joined her at the podium, for helping the Back to School Coalition in its efforts to provide families with resources to promote self-sufficiency in protecting their children's health.
"It's just a sea of people, here," she said. "And it really takes a village to make sure that our children are ready and prepared."
The Board of County Commissioners also presented two commendations to community leaders Lynette Peel and Rosemarie Middleton for their 14 years of service to Hillsborough County's Office of Neighborhood Relations.