A special event aimed to make sure local kids are ready to head back to school — both physically and mentally.
The Salvation Army Reading Citadel Corps Violence Prevention Program held a back-to school event Friday that included a backpack giveaway and activities designed to promote mental health.
A total of 250 backpacks — filled with school supplies like notebooks, pencil cases, folders and books — were given out, along with nearly 300 take-away lunches.
Kids also got to take part in mental health activities that included bubble breathing exercises, making your own stress ball, positive affirmation jars, mindfulness coloring and face painting.
Source: Berkshire mont