Organizations across the city host back-to-school giveaways

Cyril Josh Barker | 8/22/2019, 4:08 p.m.
With school students in the city headed back to class in a few weeks, several organizations, politicians and groups are ...
Backpack drive in Harlem Contributed

With school students in the city headed back to class in a few weeks, several organizations, politicians and groups are giving away school supplies and backpacks to local students. The giveaways are aimed to ease the financial burden many families feel as the school year gets underway.

Ahead of the first day of school, NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David A. Hansell announced that over 1,000 backpacks, stuffed with school supplies, are being provided to students across New York City. Throughout the month of August, ACS has been hosting “Back to School Fairs” in which children of all ages can participate and receive free backpacks, notebooks, binders, loose paper, pens, pencils, crayons, pencil sharpeners, erasers and more. The supplies have been generously donated to ACS by members of the community.

New Alternatives for Children, a New York City-based foster care nonprofit agency serving children with severe disabilities and chronic illnesses, held its 15th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan; 500-800 children served by NAC and their family members attended the Back to School Expo, where they received a new backpack filled with school supplies.

Helping Harlem children get ready for the first day of school with the resources they need to succeed, Friends of Public Schools Harlem with a special grant from The Migdol Family Foundation distributed backpacks and school supplies this week at AK Houses on Wednesday and Lehman Houses on Sunday. They will continue the giveaway program throughout Harlem in the coming weeks, distributing more than 4,000 backpacks and kits.

On Aug. 8, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks and Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter toured Operation Backpack’s Sort Space warehouse, where volunteers from Volunteers of America–Greater New York filled 20,000 brand-new backpacks with grade-appropriate school supplies, ensuring that every student (pre-K through grade 12) currently residing in NYC homeless and domestic violence shelters is fully prepared for the first day of school.