July 20, 2017: BEVERLY PRESS - Mitchell gives laptops, scooters to at-risk youth

July 20, 2017

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Christmas came early on July 15 for 150 at-risk children in the state Senate’s 30th District thanks to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, who presented free laptops and scooters to the children. The presentation was part of Mitchell’s efforts to keep children mentally, physically and nutritionally active during the summer.

“For far too many kids, especially at-risk children, spending a summer off from school is when they become inactive and fall behind on reading … and often end up sitting idle instead of stimulating their minds,” Mitchell said. “This is a way to help these kids and their families play games and have fun, as well as benefit from free medical screenings, donated books and even lunch.”

Dubbed “Christmas in July,” the event has been hosted by Mitchell annually since 2011. More than 400 students and families attended the event on the USC campus and received free dental and nutritional screenings. The event also included “fun zones” for children with information on education, the environment and literacy. Activities included rock climbing, sumo wrestling and a bounce house. For information, visit senate.ca.gov/Mitchell.