Families lined up early Saturday morning at Joe W. Brown Park Recreation Center to take advantage of the free school supplies that were being given out at the Back to School Boogaloo presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans, NOLA Public Schools, Agenda for Children and New Orleans East Hospital. 

In addition to free school supplies, attendees received free immunizations, haircuts, and health resources including free dental kits. The event also featured a live band, DJ, food, games and snoballs.

The 650 bags of school supplies were all gone before noon said an event vendor.

“I’m a mom of four,” Reginique Okins said. “It helps me eliminate the long school supply list, and also you get to get all type[s] of resources that you don’t get to get on a daily basis.”

Members of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale hand out bags filled with school supplies to families during a back-to-school event held at the Tremé Recreation Center on July 22. Credit: Nigell Moses/Verite News

Also on Saturday, the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, held its Tools for School and Health Fair event at the Tremé Recreation Community Center.  Families received book bags with school supplies. The event also featured immunizations, dental, vision and hearing screenings and blood pressure and glucose testing. 

“We’re more than just partying and having fun,” said Lisa Diggs, president of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. “We like to make an impact on the communities throughout the city of New Orleans.”

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If you missed out on these events, there are more school supply drives scheduled throughout the city. Check out upcoming school supply giveaway events below.



NOLA Back 2 School Fest

Time and Location: 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Xavier University Center, 4980 Dixon St., on Xavier’s south campus

Information can be found here.

Restoration Church Back to School Extravaganza

Time and Location: 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 3721 N Claiborne Avenue

Information can be found here.

InspireNOLA Drive-Thru Back to School Giveaway

Time and Location: 10 a.m. at McDonogh 35 Senior High School, 4000 Cadillac Street 

Information can be found here.


Back to School FairMayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office

Time and Location: 5-7 p.m. while supplies last at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd.

Information can be found here.

Michele Almore Ministries

Time and Location: 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at 5041 Lapalco Blvd Unit C4

Information can be found here.


NOLAKEYS “Stop The Violence” Youth Bike Ride and Back-2-School Backpack Giveaway

Time and Location: 4-7 p.m. at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal Street

Information on the event can be found here.

If you are aware of other school supply drive events, we can add them to the list. Contact Nigell Moses at nmoses@veritenews.org.

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New Orleans native Nigell Moses graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. She is a published contributing writer, with stories in The...