'Backpack Giveaway' at First Street Elementary in Boyle Heights Bridges Students, Police and Private Sector

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4 R Kids, 4 R Future, Inc., in partnership with the Los Angeles School Police Department and First Financial Security, Inc. (FFSI) will award backpacks to well deserving students while bringing the community closer together. This model takes community outreach to new heights, to expand nationwide.

4 R Kids, 4 R Future Inc. in partnership with the Los Angeles School Police Department, First Financial Security Inc. (FFSI), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and local government officials will be awarding backpacks to well deserving students at First Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights. The event is intended to recognize, reward and inspire children to achieve the future they deserve.

Many community stakeholders will be present to witness the very model that has been successfully implemented in many local school districts, and is now being expanded nationwide.

This event will also serve to promote a positive and trusting relationship between students and the police officers that serve in the area. Trust is crucial in any relationship, especially in the relationship between police and the greater community.

4 R Kids, 4 R Future, Inc. is an initiative launched and funded by Javier and Marcela Rodriguez to provide kids with the tools they need to ensure a bright future. Backpacks and school supplies are the backbone of the initiative, since backpacks allow kids to take home the supplies they need to complete school/homework at home, since most schools do allow for school supplies to be taken home. This initiative also provides food, toiletries and other supplies that build up the morale of these kids. Javier is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who also served as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for 10 years. Javier is currently an Executive Field Chairman with First Financial Security Inc. (FFSI), a nationwide insurance/financial services firm.

"Serving and giving back has always been a way of life for me. Having attended LAUSD schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade, I know the opportunities and challenges these kids will face. It is crucial that we all come together and do everything we can to ensure that these children have a fighting chance at achieving the future they deserve. After all, these children are the future of our city and our country. Sponsoring these event is the least I can do after what the great city of L.A. has given and afford me", said Javier.

The backpack giveaway ceremony will take place as follows:

Date: Friday March 27th, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: First Street Elementary School
2820 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Videos and photos of previous backpack giveaways can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/freebackpacks. Attendees must check in at the gate.

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