Darne McPherson (left) and his friend Raheem Lewis chose from a free backpack full of school supplies.Darne McPherson (left) and his friend Raheem Lewis chose from a free backpack full of school supplies.Five-year-Old e'vangela Rogers knows exactly what she wants, and of the 1,200 backpacks distributed to children in the western San Francisco area on Saturday, she is one of the last Hello Kitty options.Her 11-year-old brotheryear-Old Eddie, slowly, finally settled down on a plainColorful packaging full of school supplies.His mild disappointment with the lack of animated character packaging that attracted the boys seems to have been somewhat relieved by the Tron paperback he picked from the book giveaway table.Saturday's event at the community center at Ella Hill Hatch is part of a long term eventIn our community, mobilizing for Youth Growthor MAGIC -Launched in 2004 by the public defender's office.The Fillmore event, held by Mo 'Magic ("Mo" refers to the Fillmore area), next week at Bayview-Hunter point areaBMagic.The Magic program provides children with a range of educational activities to help fill the "summer learning gap" that affects lower populations"Children with income."The idea is to have a project to work with children before they are involved in the criminal justice system," said public defense lawyer Jeff adage .".The backpack was handed over to the kindergarten children on the 12 th.The students have a variety of supplies to help prepare the children for the school year.San Francisco public school students 2013-School year August 14.19.Sheryl Davis, director of Mo 'Magic, said it is important for children to be able to choose their own backpack instead of being handed over to a backpack because it helps them feel more invested and inspired."The first year we did it, we had 75 backpacks in a small space.The bags and supplies were donated by groups, including the monastery in San Francisco and Stewart Hall School, CVS, Walgreens and Zynga, she added.Western add-on backpack giveaway adds an element of a health activity featuring dentistry, bloodStress and hearing tests, as well as information stations composed of volunteers from different health organizations.The project requires families to visit at least seven stations and stamp the certificate on their card.Thomas Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of the San Francisco theater AfroSoloA few years ago, the art program came up with the idea of combining backpack giveaways with the health fair to raise health awareness, especially among African-Americans.But he also said he wanted them to enjoy a variety of services, including free screening and fresh vegetables."People actually came to pick up their backpacks.But we set up some obstacles on their roads, so they have to go to a lot of tables before they get their backpacks, "he said.Rachel Rosquites, 15, says she thinks the health expo is well organized and she appreciates the way it helps control the way people enter the area to choose their backpacks.Galileo Science Technology College is about to come of big two students said: "this and not everyone all crazy the all in Rob things .".She picked up a pure black backpack so she could decorate it herself.Victoria Colver is a staff member of the San Francisco Chronicle.E-Postage: vcolliver @ sfchronicle.