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On Saturday, August 26, 2017 we held our Annual Back to School Picnic on a sunny, perfect day. Sponsored by Macy's, with school supplies provided by Deb van der Heyden of JLL, the outing took place at Orchard Beach Park in the Pelham neighborhood of the Bronx. Attendees included children and grandparents from GAP. (Grandparent's Advocacy Project), a Bronx-based group to whom we provide support. Dr. Kathy Gibson, founder of GAP was also in attendance.

Children ranging from age 4-16 years old enjoyed a hula hoop contest, a jump-rope competition, Dr. Gibson’s ABC Challenge, face painting, arts and crafts, and much more! Our nature-inspired "scavenger hunt" continued to be a hit, as eager participants sought out a dozen items hidden throughout the picnic area.

After working up an appetite guests enjoyed a delicious lunch menu (catered by A World of Food) consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, BBQ chicken, sausage with peppers, corn on the cob, macaroni and potato salad, baked beans, tossed salad, fresh fruit, brownies and cookies.

At the end of the day, backpacks filled with basic but essential school supplies were given out to all the children to ensure they are prepared for the new school year.