Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Big Back-to-School Bookbag Blowout Coming to 57th and Narragansett

 Big Party Planned by Business Leaders

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

The generosity of local business owners will be in full bloom
this month, as boys and girls from Clearing, Garfield Ridge and other neighborhoods will be treated to one last summer party before children go back to school.

Several thousand children, their parents and grandparents are expected to gather in the west parking lot at Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

The first 1,500 children in attendance will receive a new book bag and school supplies. All children will be treated to free food and beverages--all while supplies last. There also will be music, a bouncy house, pony rides, as well as visits by costumed characters, the Batmobile, a vintage firetruck and more.

The back-to-school celebration—launched back in 2018--is the brainchild of Geno Randazzo, owner of All Exterior Contractors

Signing on as a platinum co-sponsor is the Belt Railway Company of Chicago. Other co-sponsors include the Garfield Ridge Chamber of CommerceMidway StorageFirst Rate RealtyMike Riordan State Farm Agency,  Amigo Pest Control and several other local businesses and elected officials.

New bookbags, big smiles.
“We support our community’s children, as well as their parents and grandparents,” Randazzo said. “That’s what building better and stronger neighborhoods is all about. And really, why not have one final day of fun before school starts?”

Best known for its residential roofing work, All Exterior Contractors provides a range of home repair and improvement services, inside and out. In both 2018 and 2021 it was named a Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month and has built a reputation for supporting local veterans posts, civic and neighborhood watch groups, Scout troops, Little Leagues, churches, schools, senior citizen groups and more. 

Local business owners who want to help co-sponsor the event are encouraged to visit

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