Children receive school supplies, 46 people receive COVID vaccines at Glenfield Park (PHOTOS)

By TALIA WIENER
wiener@montclairlocal.news

Backpacks were filled, hairlines were cut and vaccines were administered in Glenfield Park on Sunday during the 14th annual Montclair Sentinels 16-87 school supply distribution.

The Sentinels, an association of colored police officers in Montclair, and other community sponsors have teamed up to provide supplies and an afternoon of fun and community for the children, Detective Anjanette Sanders said. East Sanders the only resource officer in the Montclair School Districtand the event coordinator this year.

“It’s important to have an event like this so we can make sure no child goes to school with nothing,” Sanders said. “We love each other, so we just want to spread that positivity and make sure all the kids get everything they need.”

The event included face painting, games and music, all to inspire children to return to school, Sanders said.

“We just want them to be safe and have a great year,” Sanders said.

Camila Chavarria, a rising seventh grader at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, said she heard about the event from the local nonprofit Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, which worked with the county of Essex to bring their mobile vaccination clinic to the event.

“I have notebooks, pencils, a backpack and a book,” Chavarria said. “I can’t wait for school to start.”

Sanders said 240 backpacks containing school supplies had been recovered, and there were none left when the event ended. The gift was supported by many donors, but the biggest were the Placek family, the Silver Family Foundation and Applegate Farm, she said. Haircuts were provided free of charge to students by Keycuts and music was by DJ Moore. In all, 28 sponsor groups brought volunteers.

Essex County nurse Manoucheka Giles said the county’s mobile coronavirus vaccination clinic had administered 15 shots to members of the community as of 12:30 p.m.Essex County spokesman Anthony Puglisi said 46 vaccines were administered at the event.

Essex County nurse Manoucheka Giles said the county’s mobile coronavirus vaccination clinic had administered 15 shots to members of the community as of 12:30 p.m.Essex County spokesman Anthony Puglisi said 46 vaccines were administered at the event.

Essex County spokesman Anthony Puglisi said 46 vaccines were administered at the event.

“More than one and we did a great job,” said Essex County Nurse Manoucheka Giles. “And hopefully we’ll see more people before the day is out.”

The county had also tested eight people for COVID-19, Giles said.

Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, the MFEE has guaranteed $100 to the first 50 people to register and receive a full vaccination – whether it’s two injections of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or one of Johnson & Johnson. MFEE members said they would follow up with those who registered to confirm vaccination and distribute incentives.

Montclair Health Department Director of Nursing, Margaret Brodowski, said the event was a good opportunity to share information about resources provided by the department.

“We want to reach all people in our community and share with them what we have to offer,” Brodowski said. “After this year when we were so locked up, it’s a pleasure to be here.”

Bella Jean Baptiste leaves Glenfield Park with her cup of Applegate ice cream and a school bag. (ADAM ANIK / FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Bella Jean Baptiste leaves Glenfield Park with her cup of Applegate ice cream and a school bag. (ADAM ANIK / FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Keith Johnson paints a shiny butterfly for Yarchi Dubon in the Wally Choice Community Center plaza. (ADAM ANIK / FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Keith Johnson paints a shiny butterfly for Yarchi Dubon in the Wally Choice Community Center plaza. (ADAM ANIK / FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

At the Wally Choice Community Center, Montclair Police Department Chaplain Harry Chiomba-Maseko helps Mode Garcia choose schoolbags for her children. (ADAM ANIK / FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

At the Wally Choice Community Center, Montclair Police Department Chaplain Harry Chiomba-Maseko helps Mode Garcia choose schoolbags for her children. (ADAM ANIK / FOR THE MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Sixth grader Nareem Baucum-Funderburk gets his hair cut by local barber Zane Keyes of Keycuts Barber Shop during a school supply handout in Glenfield Park on Sunday. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Sixth grader Nareem Baucum-Funderburk gets his hair cut by local barber Zane Keyes of Keycuts Barber Shop during a school supply handout in Glenfield Park on Sunday. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Montclair Health Department director of nursing Margaret Brodowski, left, and public health nurse Emily Racoosin share information about the township’s COVID-19 resources. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Montclair Health Department director of nursing Margaret Brodowski, left, and public health nurse Emily Racoosin share information about the township’s COVID-19 resources. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Seventh grader Camila Chavarria and her friends attend the 14th Annual Montclair Sentinels 16-87 School Supply Giveaway to collect new supplies and get ready for the school year. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Seventh grader Camila Chavarria and her friends attend the 14th Annual Montclair Sentinels 16-87 School Supply Giveaway to collect new supplies and get ready for the school year. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Montclair Fund for Education Excellence Community Health Workers Aminah Toler, left, and Robin Curry, right, pose with Kevin Pierre, Montclair NAACP Political Action Chair, during the 14th Annual School Supply Distribution of Montclair Sentinels 16-87. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

Montclair Fund for Education Excellence Community Health Workers Aminah Toler, left, and Robin Curry, right, pose with Kevin Pierre, Montclair NAACP Political Action Chair, during the 14th Annual School Supply Distribution of Montclair Sentinels 16-87. (TALIA WIENER / MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor David Cummings joins the Sentinels lineage for the 14th annual back-to-school season. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor David Cummings joins the Sentinels lineage for the 14th annual back-to-school season. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
In addition to schoolbags, the Montclair Sentinels distributed pencils, books and more to students at the Wally Choice Community Center on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
In addition to schoolbags, the Montclair Sentinels distributed pencils, books and more to students at the Wally Choice Community Center on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Grill master Charles Murphy of Masonic Eureka Lodge No. 52 keeps the chicken warm for the volunteer crew during the annual Montclair Sentinels School Supply Giveaway on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Grill master Charles Murphy of Masonic Eureka Lodge No. 52 keeps the chicken warm for the volunteer crew during the annual Montclair Sentinels School Supply Giveaway on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Liana Riera, left, hands out hot dogs, burgers and other refreshments from the Eureka Lodge Grill Team to attendees of the Montclair Sentinels’ annual school supply giveaway on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Liana Riera, left, hands out hot dogs, burgers and other refreshments from the Eureka Lodge Grill Team to attendees of the Montclair Sentinels’ annual school supply giveaway on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Joel Aguilar picks up a bouncing “moneyball” while exiting the Sentinels school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Joel Aguilar picks up a bouncing “moneyball” while exiting the Sentinels school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake gets her shot at the Essex County Mobile Immunization Unit in Glenfield Park during the Montclair Sentinels’ annual school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake gets her shot at the Essex County Mobile Immunization Unit in Glenfield Park during the Montclair Sentinels’ annual school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Anthony Gonzalez finds something to read among the hundreds of books on the table at the Montclair Public Library during the annual Sentinels school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Anthony Gonzalez finds something to read among the hundreds of books on the table at the Montclair Public Library during the annual Sentinels school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates founder Cynthia Walker, center, and volunteers spread their message about domestic violence during the Montclair Sentinels school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)
Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates founder Cynthia Walker, center, and volunteers spread their message about domestic violence during the Montclair Sentinels school supply distribution on Sunday. (ADAM ANIK/FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR)


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