Soaking up summer

About 500 children received school bags last week at a picnic hosted by state Sen. Christine Tartaglione at Wissinoming Park.

Fun in the sun: State Sen. Christine Tartaglione hosted a community picnic last week at Wissinoming Park. Local kids enjoyed music, games and a backpack giveaway. Source: James Robinson/ Senate Democratic Caucus

About 500 children received school bags last week at a picnic hosted by state Sen. Christine Tartaglione at Wissinoming Park.

The day also included music, soft pretzels, water ice, face painting and gift basket and basketball raffles.

Another 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,” 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.” ••

All photos courtesy of James Robinson/ Senate Democratic Caucus