Every year since 1991, the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, has been distributing book bags and school supplies to children in free-lunch public elementary schools with a predominant Hispanic/Afro-American student body.  These elementary schools are selected from a list provided by the Miami-Dade County Public School System. 

 

 

The distribution reaches 5,000+ children throughout Miami-Dade County and it takes place during the first week of school.  The book bags include all school supplies needed for the start of a child’s school year; i.e., pencils, notebooks, writing tablets, safety scissors, glue sticks, crayon, rulers, composition books, filler paper and portfolios.  

Corporations and individuals may contribute with matching funds and/or “adopt” a school, a specific grade level, a class or a number of children. 

The 2013 Back to School Program, co-sponsored by the Miami Marlins Foundation, started on August 14th at the Marlins Ballpark where children from the Little Havana area, San Juan Bosco Learning Center and the Institute for Child and Family Health received backpacks replete with school supplies. Also, the following elementary schools were visited by the Back to School Caravan:  Citrus Grove; Comstock; Auburndale; Orchard Villa; Thena Crowder; St. Mary's Cathedral; Phillis Wheatly and Toussaint L'ouverture.