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Students, families get supplies, health screenings courtesy of Senator Martinez (VIDEO)

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Hundreds of local children and families turned out for health screenings and back-to-school supplies this past week at a community event sponsored by state Senator Iris Y. Martinez.

"What Senator Martinez does for the community by putting this fair together is great," said volunteer Alicia Olbera. "People are able to get services to prepare their children to go back to school that may not be able to afford otherwise." Martinez’s event served as one-stop shopping for families preparing for the start of the school year. Students could get physicals, immunizations, apply for health insurance and receive school supplies.

There were a variety of services for parents and other adults as well, including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.

"Being that we have 94% poverty rate, this is awesome for our students and their parents. It's a wonderful resource in one building." said Evelyn Roman, principal at Avondale-Logandale Elementary School. The Family Wellness/Back to School Fair was hosted at the Avondale-Logandale School at the corner of Kedzie and George. Senator Martinez sponsors the annual event in an effort to get students and their families ready for school.