Tartaglione hosts picnic/backpack giveaway in Lawncrest; another one set for Thursday in Wissinoming

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione on Thursday handed out free backpacks and back-to-school supplies to more than 400 children at Lawncrest Recreation Center during a community picnic she hosted.

The menu included hot dogs, soft pretzels and water ice. There were vendors, a DJ, face painting, a coloring book contest, a basketball raffle and child fingerprinting.

Altrusa International donated books for each child to take home.

Another picnic is set for Thursday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wissinoming Park. All activities will be set up around the park’s multi-purpose building on Cheltenham Avenue, between Frankford Avenue and Charles Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and obtain a ticket from the senator’s table to receive a backpack. Each backpack comes stuffed with pencils, erasers, notebooks and other school supplies. ••