New ERAA host back to school conference, rally

SAN DIEGO–PAZZAZ and New ERAA is hosting its 15th annual New ERAA (Everybody Recommitting to Academic Achievement) Back to School Conference, Rally for Education and Festival at Lincoln High School on Saturday, August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 This free event is open to the public to educate parents, prepare students for school and college and provide needy families with FREE backpacks donated by Office Depot Foundation, including school supplies donated by the Cox Kids Foundation and the Taste of Diamond will be sponsored by Bridgepoint Education.

“This year’s theme is Working Together for Academic Achievement,” said Zoneice Jones, president and co-founder of PAZZAZ, Inc. and New ERAA. “With the support of the San Diego Unified School District, Office Depot Foundation and the New ERAA Planning Committee, we have helped more than 10,000 students prepare for school with essential school supplies. We hope this number continues to grow as we prepare families for a successful school year.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Office Depot Foundation has donated backpacks for the New ERAA event. “The Office Depot Foundation is proud to support PAZZAZ and the New ERAA Back to School Conference and Festival by donating backpacks once again this year,” states Foundation President Mary Wong. “Parents and teachers alike tell us that these backpacks truly help children to build self-confidence, boost self-esteem and achieve greater success in the classroom – all as a result of being properly prepared for school.  We are pleased to know that we can help to make a difference in San Diego .”

This all-day event will include a Conference, Rally for Education and a Festival for parents and students kindergarten through 12th grade. The conference will begin with a keynote address from Walter & Maisha Kudumu Scholarship awardee Abigail Rosa-Garcia. Conference attendees will participate in educational workshops addressing issues concerning college admission, school preparation, and healthy eating among others, followed by a Rally for Education including a festival with live entertainment, FREE food, career counseling, health screenings and more.

Conference registration begins at 7 a.m. followed by the festival at 1 p.m. Admission is free. To pre-register,  call PAZZAZ at (619) 264-6870 or visit

For the third year, the Cox Kids Foundation and Bridgepoint Education have sponsored this event. The Cox Kids Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications that provides funding for organizations and programs that benefit San Diego youths and their families.

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