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‘So Fresh Saturdays’ Back-To-School Edition Brings Music, Free School Supplies To Englewood’s Hamilton Park

So Fresh Saturdays organizers will be giving away more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies this weekend.

A DJ spins at a previous So Fresh Saturdays event.
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ENGLEWOOD — With the first day of school just around the corner, R.A.G.E Englewood is throwing a special “So Fresh Saturday” event to celebrate.

“So Fresh Saturdays” tours public parks in the Englewood area every summer, featuring artists from across the city.

There’s still time to donate school supplies for the 500 backpacks R.A.G.E. will be handing out from 3-7 p.m. Saturday in Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St. Organizers welcome donations of all pencils, pens, papers, folders, crayons, calculators and compasses.

“This is really to reclaim our parks in the name of peace,” said R.A.G.E founder AySha Butler. “Our parks have been deemed as dangerous places, and us as residents refuse to let that be the narrative.”

In addition to food, entertainment and school supplies, R.A.G.E. will be connecting residents to vital resources like medical assistance and daycare information.

Saturday’s event will be the fourth tour stop, with the fifth and final tour wrapping up Oct. 5 at Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen.

R.A.G.E. will be accepting donations at their headquarters, 6620 S. Union Ave., from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday. People can also donate money for supplies online.

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