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Crockett Community Health Festival provides school supplies and health checks to returning students.

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By David Volz

Children preparing to return to school could receive a free backpack filled with school supplies if they received a health checkup at the Sixth Annual Crockett Foundation Community Health Festival at the Pompano Citi Centre.

“We want kids to be prepared when they go back to school so we are giving away backpacks,” said Henri Crockett, president of the Crockett Foundation. “We also want them to a health check so the kids must visit at least three health check stations.”

During the event, 1,000 backpacks were given away. Children who attended the Festival could receive free immunizations, blood pressure checks, glucose tests and other checks.

“I grew up in this area and I know that times are tough. Many families are struggling to feed and clothe their children,” said Henri Crockett. “I know a lot of the kids here need shots and other health services. And they need back to school supplies. And we want to help families in the community.”

Zachary “Zack” Crockett, vice president of the Crockett Foundation agreed. “We are from this area and we know people are struggling. We want to help families here.”

The Crockett Foundation partnered with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s local chapter Zeta Rho Omega. Joe Ann Fletcher, president of the chapter said she was pleased to see families and children coming to the event to receive school supplies and a health check.

Both Zack and Henri Crockett played football at Blanche Ely High School and at Florida State University. They also enjoyed successful careers in the National Football League. Now they are devoting much of their time to helping families in Pompano Beach.

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Broward County School leaders attend White House event and meet with Barack Obama

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By David Volz

On Monday, July 21, 2014, leaders from the Broward County Public Schools  joined the Council of the Great City Schools and urban school districts from throughout the nation for a White House event with President Barack Obama.  The event included an announcement that 60 urban school districts, including Broward County Public Schools, are pledging to improve the academic and social outcomes of African American boys and young men.  Broward Schools executive director of Student Support Initiatives, Michaelle Pope, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the event, which took place at a Washington area school and included a Town Hall style discussion with President Obama.

With nearly 32 percent of the nation’s school-age African American males and 39 percent of the country’s school-age Hispanic males enrolled in big-city public schools, urban-school leaders agree that they have an obligation to teach all students to the highest academic standards and prepare them for today’s global society.

“The most important work we do as a society is raising our children and providing them with an opportunity to receive a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and careers,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “We are proud to be part of this national effort, as we continue to focus on improving educational outcomes and closing the achievement gap among our boys and young men of color.”

“Our job as urban educators is not to reflect or perpetuate the inequities that too many of our males of color face; our job is to eliminate those inequities  and that is what we pledge to do,” stressed Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We are pleased to join forces today with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and our other partners in an unprecedented shared commitment to improve the educational and social opportunities of our young men of color,” he added.