Excited parents and children greeted Korey Wise, one of the Exonerated Five, as he returned to Schomburg Plaza to distribute backpacks and school supplies and help children get ready for the first day of school. Friends of Public Schools Harlem sponsored the school supply giveaway with a special grant from The Migdol Family Foundation. In all, they will distribute more than 4,000 backpacks and kits throughout Harlem. 

“It was great to be back at Schomburg Plaza where I grew up and give something back to today’s children,” said Korey Wise. “Being here and providing school supplies helps students start the school year better prepared to succeed and sends a message that somebody cares. It was great to see the smiles from parents and children. I thank the Friends of Public Schools Harlem and the Migdol Family for making it happen.”  

More than two hundred families received backpacks and school supplies at this event, leaving happy and ready to start the new school year. More events are scheduled throughout Harlem public housing developments over the next week.

“The public schools in Harlem are in the shadow of some of the wealthiest electoral districts and neighborhoods in America, yet their resources fall severely short when compared to other schools throughout New York City and the United States,” said FPSH board member Jerry Migdol. “We aim to level the playing field by giving this generation of Harlem students an equal opportunity to learn, compete and achieve.” 

Friends of Public School Harlem Inc. is a nonprofit that provides much needed resources to Harlem’s public schools and its students so that Harlem’s students can learn, compete and achieve. It seeks to level the playing field so Harlem’s students and schools can reach their full potential and feel the success they are capable of and want so much to achieve by donating resources to the students and the public schools of Harlem. To date, FPSH has donated over $600,000 in conjunction with the Migdol Family Foundation and given over 15,000 school supply kits for kids, 500 computers and iPads, and this year we will be giving away another 4,000 school supply kits along with backpacks for Harlem’s public schools.