South Florida entrepreneur gives back to community through backpack drive

Kevius Morgan hosted a back-to-school event called the “ABiE Backpack Drive” to give back to community in which he grew up.

Born and raised in Lauderdale Manor, Morgan decided it was only right to have the backpack drive at Lauderdale Manor Park.

“I went to camp at the park, played sports there, and even got my first job as a lifeguard (there),” the 23-year-old said.

Through his company, the ABiE Firm and local sponsors, Morgan was able to supply more than 100 backpacks to elementary and middle school students who will be starting school Monday in Broward County.

“I can’t describe or put a price tag on (it), so it only makes sense to pour back in, so the next generation is equipped,” Morgan said.

Local sponsors such as Awesunsauce Designs, 2KLife, Truheart, Falconer Fitness, Freda’s Place27, APE, EJEKADEDMISFIT, Gold Feet Global, CARE for Crohn’s and various chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. donated supplies for the drive.

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Expect traffic delays during back-to-school rush in South Florida

Students from Palm Beach to Monroe counties return to school Monday morning and that means traffic delays for South Florida drivers.

The law enforcement community is ready to issue speeding tickets. Hollywood Police Department Officer Chris Christianson said he is ready. 

“Make sure you maintain those speeds in the school zones,” Christianson said. “It’s important that you watch the traffic control devices. Those are the signs that say ‘No Parking,’ ‘No Turning Left,’ ‘No Turning Right’ so the traffic flow is really good.”

Teachers, administrators and district employees prepared and trained to welcome the crowds of children and teenagers. Aside from the occasional headache and new school anxiety, teachers in Miami-Dade will also have to decide if their students will be observing the solar eclipse

“It’s going to be a great day. We are excited about the first day of school,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. “For me, it is the best day of the year.”

Students will be showing off new book bags and gadgets. Retail experts estimate the typical family spends about $668 in the U.S. The retail industry expected consumers to spend some $29.5 billion on supplies. This year’s new trends include  

Backpacks, tablets and water bottles were among the most popular items purchased. Some teachers will be looking to help students in need. Churches and organizations like Community Partnership for the Homeless in Miami were still accepting donations. 

Parents will have to worry about making sure their children’s vaccination records are in order. School districts require diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DTaP), polio series (IPV), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), hepatitis B series (Hep B) and varicella tetanus/pertussis booster (Tdap) vaccinations.

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