Conexión San Ángelo/ Sabrina Tatsch, Senior Manager, Marketing & Leasing Sunset Mall, contributor

SAN ANGELO – Sunset Mall and La Esperanza Clinic, Inc. invite the community to its Back to School Celebration on Saturday, August 12, 2017. which marks the final day of National Health Center Week. The national campaign raises awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers.

The Back to School Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a backpack and school supply giveaway. For the thirteenth year, La Esperanza Clinic, Inc. will provide free backpacks to the first 250 kids in grades K-5. Then local non-profit organizations and other businesses will help fill those backpacks with some school supplies. Mike Campbell CEO of La Esperanza Clinic, Inc. states, “Getting ready to start or return to school can be an exciting time for a family. It also can be a time when families are struggling to ensure their children have the tools needed to be successful as well as to avoid the feeling of being somehow “different” if the kiddo doesn’t have the same pens, pencils, backpacks, etc… of their classmates. La Esperanza has taken great pride as well as being humbled with being able to help create an “equal” starting place for the children of our community regardless to economic status and other factors that may be at play”.

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Concho Valley County Medical Society will also have free bike helmets while supplies last. Sam’s Club will provide healthy snacks. Sunset Mall will have a prize wheel with the chance to win school supplies, gift cards and other prizes. The event is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. but all free offers are available only while supplies last. The San Angelo Police Department will offer free child i-d fingerprinting services starting at 9 a.m.

Families are asked to first go to the Sunset Mall Community Room which is located next to Sears for the backpack. Children in grades K-5 must be present to receive the backpack. They will then be directed toward the Sunset Mall north entrance near Concho Valley PAWS for the remaining portion of this event. Sponsors include Sunset Mall, La Esperanza Clinic, Inc., Chick-fil-A, Amerigroup, Sam’s Club, 2-1-1 Texas and Angels Care Home Health and Lamar Advertising.

For more information about this event and others, visit www.sunsetmall.com or call 325-949-1947. For more information about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.

For questions about the backpack giveaway, contact Norma Lee at La Esperanza Clinic, Inc 325- 949-7974.

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