Back to school event at the DECC draws hundreds of families

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A lot goes into sending children back to school any year, but this year, many families are facing additional challenges due to the pandemic.

This is why the City of Duluth hosted a back to school event at the DECC to help set students up for success Tuesday.

The event featured over 20 local organizations who provided free hygiene items, vaccines and school supplies. Chum, in particular, had over 1,000 backpacks to give out.

Help with transportation and housing were also offered at the event.

Hundreds of families made the trip out. Masks were required.

“Really, this is a one stop shop event where you can come down and get help with housing, help with transportation,” Alicia Kozlowski, Community Relations Officer for the City of Duluth said. “Families are feeling extra stressed with utility and rental bills and so all those resources are here to help you get help you get caught up and even get sprung forward.

Mayor Emily Larson and Duluth City Councilors were also on site to help out. They hope it will be a positive year for students.