(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Attend & Achieve Back to School Rally and Health Expo, to be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California). The all-day free event, conducted in partnership with Oakland Natives Give Back, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the Oakland Unified School District, Ramsell Corp., City Team, and the Lincoln Child Center, will provide the opportunity for 1,000 Oakland students (kindergarten through 12th grade) to receive free school supplies, and for all guests to have access to health screenings, resources, prizes, and food.
Assemblymember Bonta stated, “The Attend and Achieve Back-to-School Rally, which began as a backpack giveaway to provide school supplies to Oakland children, has evolved into a community effort to address the larger issues of truancy and health and their impact on graduation rates and the achievement gap. When I asked community leaders to share their ideas on reducing chronic absenteeism, they proposed creating a challenge to motivate students in the 18th Assembly District to increase their attendance. I am honored to expand this year’s event to include a year-long “Attendance Challenge.” Part of the challenge includes tracking attendance, with prizes and various incentives for students who register, agree to participate, and meet the challenge’s goals.