Children receive school supplies at Marshall Roy Park in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Springfield’s Marshall Roy Park came alive Sunday with a back-to-school event that drew hundreds of families.

This is not the first time that the Council Real Estate Group has brought the community together days before the children return to school. But, it’s certainly the biggest turnout to receive backpacks and other school supplies since the pandemic created the need for social distancing.

Marvin Council of Council Real Estate Group told 22News: “Before COVID we had a big presence but it kind of died down due to COVID. So the world is coming out of its shell now. We shared the event on social media, and everything went crazy, everyone calling and calling.

Apparently the time had come. This reception and the rally for the backpacks a few days ago at the Roberto Clemente ground in the North End apparently testified to the need for families to be closer again.

A sentiment expressed by Ms. Bri, a mother from Springfield who accompanied her children to Marshall Roy Park for school supplies. “It’s very important because you have a lot of single parents and as a community when you come together everyone has a different story.”

Backpacks for the kids are so needed and camaraderie for their elders Sunday afternoon at a park in east Springfield. A springboard to a year of learning and closing ranks. It was the type of event that was missing from their lives throughout the pandemic.

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