Assemblymember Bonta Hosts Back-To-School Rally And Health Expo

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(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.

“I also wanted to build upon the successful health fair held last year in the 18th Assembly District and highlight  the correlation between poor health and chronic absenteeism by merging the health fair and the Back to School Rally.  By encouraging and supporting safe and healthy environments through the health fair, we hope to curb chronic absenteeism resulting from medical conditions, provide children the opportunity to receive a quality education, and help achieve positive health outcomes,” Bonta concluded.

Services available through the health fair include blood pressure screening for students, parents, and grandparents, HIV testing, vision screening, chiropractic screening, immunization information, nutritional services, and therapeutic massages.  The first 1,000 students who register, attend the workshops, and participate in the day’s activities, will receive a free backpack and school supplies.  The first 250 high school students will also receive youth bus passes and an opportunity to win other exciting prizes.

While the event is free and open to all, pre-registration is mandatory.  To register, please go to https://attendandachieveb2sr.eventbrite.com

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro.