South LA Community gets a Fresh Start

Children watching a performance on the Kid Space stage

Over 11,000 community members showed up today at Ted Watkins Memorial Park for free backpacks, free health services, free lunch, entertainment for the whole family and more.
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The community festival, produced by SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, aimed to provide families a much needed break from the dismal economy and recent no-growth employment rate. As ULTCW President, Laphonza Butler, said to the crowd, “The Fresh Start Festival is all about lending a hand to those in need and to let them know that we’re all in this together…no one is alone. Simply put, we could all use a Fresh Start.”

Boys 5-15 received free back-to-school haircuts

Highlights and favorites of the 2011 Fresh Start Festival were the FREE back-to-school supplies and backpacks, haircuts and nail polishing for children 5-15 years of age, and the family entertainment including the music of Salsa band Son Mayor, Aaron Nigel Smith, POWER 106 DJ Loud, R&B band Tyghtship, and the Taiko Drummers. Festival attendees were also entertained by the DeLeon Circus, juggler Scot Nery, Rhythm Child, the Bob Baker Marionettes and of course, Esperanza, our festival mascot!
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Dancing Salsa to the tunes of Son Mayor

Boy receiving free backpack and school supplies

The Fresh Start Festival mascot, Esperanza!

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