AYCINC Back 2 School Event offers school supplies in Harrisburg

All You Can Inc. (AYCINC) has set up shop at Radnor Sports Park to distribute free school supplies to the Harrisburg community.

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Summer is in its final stretch, which means it’s time to shop for back to school. With inflation on the minds of many families, this season could prove difficult.

However, All You Can Inc. (AYCINC) has a solution for many Harrisburg families.

The non-profit organization hosted its 6th annual “Back 2 School” event for the Harrisburg community.

This year, Ralph Rodriguez, the executive director of AYCINC, knew it was even more necessary.

“A lot of our family’s resources are stretched or depleted, and they have to make a decision between a light bill or a binder,” Rodriguez said, “we would hate for any family to feel that way.”

Rodriquez and his team distributed 500 new school bags and school supplies for the event held at Radnor Sports Park on August 6. Many organizers were surprised at the high turnout.

“It gets your heart pumping,” said Bear Murray, one of the organizers, “Ralph Rodriguez set up an Eventbrite where you could register for it, and there were over 200 registrants in the first hour that he set it up.”

The event was also filled with free haircuts, face painting, food, music and a bouncy house.

Cicely Carter was one of the parents who showed up at Radnor Sports Park. She noticed the benefits the day had on her community.

“Kids who can’t have a school bag, can come here and get a school bag, come get something to eat, can come and have fun for the day and come home and be thankful that they can do something for the day. …because a lot of kids can’t,” Carter said.

When the school year begins, Rodriguez believes the free school supplies will have a lasting impact.

“You’d be amazed what a school bag and supplies could do for a student’s self-confidence,” Rodriguez said.

“When they walk into this building, they’ll feel better, and that means they’ll learn better.”

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Joseph K. Bennett