School supplyapalooza! Hundreds of kids stock up during fun-filled Harvest Fest

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Pretty as a picture: Face painter Marcia Cheung brighten’s up 6-year-old Jackie Bouton’s day at the Harvest Fest at Paerdegat Park.
Lending a helping hand: State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Flatbush) supplies Shellbank JHS student Sha-Neil Donaldson with school supplies.
She’s got the groove: Courier-Life “Woman of Distinction” Liza Kramer gave everyone a sampling of her “Chunky Fitness” weight loss and exercise program.
Esther Bowen spent the day apple picking during Saturday’s Harvest Fest at Paerdegat Park.
Sweets for the sweet: Four-year-old Camiah Charles finishes up a fun-filled day at Paerdegat Park gobbling up a cool rainbow ice at the Harvest Fest.

More than 1,000 school children received much needed school supplies — and had a blast while doing it — during a special “say hello to the school year” Harvest Fest at Paerdegat Park on Sept. 10.

Hundreds flocked to the park, which is at Farragut Road and Albany Avenue, during a day filled with games, food, face painters, storytellers, music, dancing and workout demonstrations by “Chunky Fitness” guru — and Courier Life “Woman of Distinction” — Liza Kramer.

State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Flatbush), who sponsored the Harvest Fest, said that families truly appreciated the supplies that were handed out throughout the day.

“It’s becoming more and more important in these tough economic times to provide working families with things like school supplies,” Parker said. “It’s also a great for young people to engage in a positive experience surrounding the beginning of the school year.”

Parker said that 1,200 children received school supplies — a bookbag, composition notebook, pencils and pens — in their kit during the Harvest Fest, which was rescheduled from Aug. 27 as Hurricane Irene crept up the Eastern Seaboard. Each child also received a book from Rosen Publications.

The Harvest Fest was one of the Parker’s first public appearances since a judge sentenced him to probation for a 2009 assault on a New York Post photographer.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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