PHILADELPHIA, August 17, 2018 – State Sen. Christine Tartaglione’s annual Community Picnic was a smash hit with the hundreds of children and caregivers who converged at Wissinoming Park yesterday to delight in free music, soft pretzels, water ice, face painting and the senator’s popular back-to-scbool backpack giveaway. About 500 school children walked away wearing new school bags on their shoulders and smiles on their faces.

The event was the second of Tartaglione’s three Community Picnics scheduled this month in her 2nd Senate District. On Aug. 2, the senator handed out more than 300 backpacks to children at Fairhill Square Park in North Philadelphia. The third picnic will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway St. It is free to attend and open to the public.

“August has become one of my favorite times of the year because it gives me the chance to meet so many beautiful children while helping their families ease the costs of getting a valuable education,” Senator Tartaglione said. “If we can give each child a backpack filled with school supplies, that’s one less cost their caregivers will have to bear. This is a real group effort that brings together our business sponsors, community organizations, recreation centers and day care centers for a day of summer fun.”

Yesterday’s event featured many longtime partners and some popular new ones. Attendees enjoyed refreshing water ice and soft pretzels and had their faces painted like their favorite superheroes. Senator Tartaglione raffled off gift baskets and basketballs before the children lined up for the big backpack giveaway.

 The newly renovated Wissinoming Park provided the ideal backdrop on a hot and steamy day as many visitors cooled off beneath towering shade trees or in the water spray-ground.

“I welcome everyone to join us again next week. It’s a great chance to meet new friends and enjoy the summer one more time before the new school year!” Senator Tartaglione said.

Photos from the event are available in the PaSenate.com gallery