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BROOKFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) hosted her Uplift Our Future 12th Annual free Back to School Event serving over 800 community residents with a fun-filled free day at the Brookfield Zoo with no admission fee, no parking fee, no cost for lunch, and no charge for backpacks filled with school supplies for students from PreK to college.

“As we continue to fight this pandemic, our families still need fun experiences, especially if they help our students get prepared for the upcoming school year,” Lightford said. “The Uplift Our Future 12th Annual free Back to School Event turned out amazing, and I am thankful for all the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and families who came out and supported our kids this year.”

Since 2009, Lightford has hosted a free Back to School Event for youth and families in the 4th Senate District at the Brookfield Zoo.

This year Lightford also had the honor of partnering with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Our state needs to get back to normal, and the only solution right now is to ensure that all eligible Illinois residents have access to vaccinations,” Lightford said.